First US Baby Born To a Woman Transplanted With a Womb Received From Deceased Donor
5The procedure took place in 2017
The procedure involved a huge team of Cleveland Clinic surgeons and took place in 2017. It was a mammoth task that would have been regarded successful only after all of the above considerations were overcome. In 2018, the woman became pregnant through the method of IVF.
Speaking to reporters, Doctor Uma Perni, MD Cleveland Clinic who was also part of the mother’s care team said ‘We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Everything went wonderfully with the delivery; the mother and baby girl are doing great,’ said Uma Perni, M.D., Cleveland Clinic maternal-fetal medicine specialist, ‘It’s important to remember this is still research. The field of uterus transplantation is rapidly evolving, and it’s exciting to see what the options may be for women in the future.’
6Five successful womb transplants
The path-breaking procedure comes exactly after Cleveland Clinic’s failed attempt to achieve the same because of infection issues such as Candida Albicans that the donor suffered from and the transplant was removed from the recipient. Since then five transplants have been successful and were pioneered by a doctor from Sweden who had achieved the first successful transplant 5 years ago.
7The concept of womb transplant is not new but was not successful either
The concept of using a different womb is not new. 20 years ago, attempts were made in Saudi Arabia and Turkey but were unsuccessful. The transplants were a success but the pregnancies failed. In 2012, Swedish doctors succeeded in transplanting a mother’s uterus into her daughter and in 204, the woman gave birth. After their first success from delivering a baby from a transplanted womb, Cleveland has now achieved the world’s first delivery from a transplanted womb of a deceased donor.
8What the lead surgeon had to say
Transplant surgeon Andreas Tzakis MD, Ph.D. said ‘It was amazing how perfectly normal this delivery was, considering how extraordinary the occasion,’ said Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeon Andreas Tzakis, MD, Ph.D. ‘Through this research, we aim to make these extraordinary events, ordinary for the women who choose this option. We are grateful to the donor and her family, their generosity allowed our patient’s dream to come true and a new baby to be born.’