US baby born from dead donor's transplanted womb

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2019

In a first for North America, the Cleveland Clinic of OH announced on Tuesday that it delivered a baby from the transplanted womb of a dead donor.

The unnamed woman was in her mid-30s when she joined an ongoing clinical trial at Cleveland Clinic, exploring the possibility of uterus transplant to help her bear a child.

The baby girl, who has not been identified, was born in June and is "doing great".

Babies born to women who have received a donated uterus have occurred in the USA before, but they have never involved a deceased donor.

The uterus was transplanted in late 2017.

The mother, who was not identified by the clinic but is in her mid-30s, received the donated uterus in late 2017, and became pregnant almost a year later through in vitro fertilization.

Though the Cleveland hospital is the first in North America to successfully perform a uterus transplant from a deceased donor, doctors in Brazil had previously carried out a similar procedure last December, according to NBC News. "We couldn't have asked for a better outcome", Dr. Uma Perni of the Cleveland Clinic says, per People.

A uterus transplant from a deceased donor begins with the stimulation of a living woman's ovaries, which, in turn, produces multiple eggs.

Three years ago, Cleveland Clinic attempted the first ever womb transplant in the U.S., giving a deceased donor's womb to patient Lindsey McFarland.

"Three transplants were successful and two resulted in hysterectomies", the clinic said. These transplants were pioneered by a Swedish doctor who did the first successful one five years ago.

Transplant surgeon Andreas Tzakis in Cleveland Clinic was excited about this new development.

"It was unbelievable how perfectly normal this delivery was, considering how extraordinary the occasion", said Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeon Dr. Andreas Tzakis.

"Through this research, we aim to make these extraordinary events ordinary for the women who choose this option".

Recently, reported the story of a UK-based Ghanaian lady who has two wombs and two private areas.

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