Woman in US gives birth after uterus transplant surgery

Published: 05 December 2017 Image credit: Baylor University Medical Center

US woman becomes first in America to give birth after uterus transplant

A woman in America has become the first in the country to give birth after having a uterus transplant.

The unidentified woman underwent the surgery more than a year ago and gave birth to a healthy baby at Baylor University Medical Centre in Dallas as part of a landmark clinical trial.

Dr Guiliano Testa, transplant surgeon and principal investigator of the uterine transplant clinic trial at Baylor University Medical Centre said it was a milestone moment in their work to solve absolute uterine factor infertility.

He said that the process could not have been possible without organ donors.

“It has been an honour to work with all of our clinical trial participants, and today we celebrate their selfless contributions to the program,” he said.

“It was a beautiful moment of love and hope for a mother who had been told she would never be able to carry her own child,” he added.

Doug Lawson, President of Baylor University Medical Centre said they were honoured to have been a part of the milestone and to see the “ultimate success” of the program.

“Our goal in launching this clinical trial has always been to contribute to the body of knowledge on transplantation at a national and international level,” he said.

Speaking to reporters, obstetrician and gynaecologist Robert Gunby said despite delivering thousands of babies this was the most special delivery he had been a part of.

“There was something so exciting about this because the patients are so excited and it's just what they're willing to go through to get to this point. It's just overwhelming to me,” he said.

Dr Testa said apart from the healthy birth of the baby, the other major success was that “at least three or four major institutions” in the United States were now also preparing to start a uterus transplant program.

“My personal opinion is that this is going to affect many women in the United States,” he said.

“They will see this becoming part of one of the possible solutions to absolute uterine infertility."

The first successful uterus transplant in the world took place in 2014 after a woman in Sweden gave birth to a healthy baby.