Friday, 19 May 2017

Mother successfully donates womb to her daughter in India's first womb transfer

A 43-year-old mother has
successfully donated her womb to
her 21-year-old daughter, who was
born without a uterus, with the
hopes that her child can experience
childbirth. The surgery was the first
of its kind in India and was
performed by a team of doctors at
Pune's Galaxy Care Hospital in the
city of Pune in south-west India.
Ther womb transfer took place
yesterday, led by the hospital's
medical director, Dr. Shailesh
Puntambekar. It lasted for nine and
a half hours in total and both
mother and daughter are fine and
in recovery. The 21-year-old will
have to wait for one year to give her
body enough time to heal and
adjust to the new uterus before she
considers trying to get pregnant via
in-vitro fertilization (IVF). She is
currently under observation and
will be kept in Intensive Care Unit
for some days
"The patient was born without a
uterus and she wanted to have her
own baby and was not ready for
adoption or surrogacy. Since they
knew about the uterus transplant,
they approached us and accepted
the surgery option," Dr Shailesh
Puntambekar said. "Fortunately, her
mother was found to be a medically
suitable uterus donor for her."
He added: "The procedure is
difficult because multiple large
arteries are to be joined there, and
veins that are small and short. It is
technically very tough."
According to Dr. Mats Brännström,
a professor of obstetrics and
gynaecology at Sweden's University
of Gothenburg, only six babies have
ever been delivered from a uterus
transplant - two from the same
mother. It remains to be seen
whether India's first transplant will
result in a birth though Dr.
Puntambekar said he felt "relaxed
and confident" that it will happen
for his patient.

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