Swedish Doctors Report Mother-Daughter Uterus Transplants!

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From left specialist surgeons Andreas G Tzakis, Pernilla Dahm-Kähler, Mats Brannstrom, Michael Olausson and Liza Johannesson attend a news conference Tuesday Sept. 18, 2012 at Sahlgrenska hospital in Goteborg Sweden.
September 18, 2012
STOCKHOLM — Doctors in Sweden performed the first successful mother to daughter womb transplants, giving the daughters an opportunity to carry their own children in the wombs they themselves once occupied.   Yes, it sounds like science fiction, but this is a new reality and a practice that would give hope to millions of womb-less young women around the globe.

Specialists at the University of Goteborg completed the surgery over the weekend without complications, but say they won’t consider the procedures successful until the recipients of the wombs achieve pregnancy.  Pregnancy will be attempted through IVF, in-vitro fertilization, which both patients started before the surgeries.

The younger women’s ovaries, which are healthy, were given hormones to stimulate egg production.  The scientists then extracted and fertilized the eggs in the lab with the sperm, before freezing the embryos.  After a one year observation period, if the women are in good health, the embryos will be thawed and implanted.   Each daughter will be assisted in having a maximum of two pregnancies before the wombs are removed.

“We are not going to call it a complete success until this results in children,” said Michael Olausson, one of the Swedish surgeons as told to The Associated Press. “That’s the best proof.”

Though any number of factors contribute to infertility in young women, the university spokesperson said that one woman in this study lost her uterus to cervical cancer and the other was born without a uterus.   In fact one in 4000 women are born without a uterus or with uterus remnants.


According to the transplant team leader, Mats Brannstrom, the daughters are doing well, and the donor-mothers will be discharged in a few days.

University of Glasgow chair of obstetrics and gynecology, Scott Nelson,  called the Swedish transplants a “huge step” but stressed it remains to be seen whether they result in successful pregnancies. Pre-term birth is a major risk factor.

Please read more at www.npr.org/health 2012/21/9…/swedes-perform-pioneering-uterine-transplants