World's first mother-to-daughter womb transplant takes place
The world’s first mother-to-daughter womb transplants have been completed in Sweden.
Two women underwent the same procedure, which could result in them carrying children in the same womb that they themselves were carried in.
The operations were carried out at the University of Gothenburg. The doctors involved have said they will not consider the procedures a success until the women are able to conceive.
The women provided embryos to be frozen before the operation. If the women are in good heath after a 12 month observation period, the embryos will be thawed and transferred over for potential fertilisation.
The procedures are considered to be “complicated” but relatively safe by surgeons who were involved in the operation.
Mats Brännström, professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Gothenburg, said, “Both patients that received new uteri are doing fine but are tired after surgery. The donating mothers are up and walking and will be discharged from the hospital within a few days.”
It is thought that these operations could be a huge step forward in the fight against infertility. In Sweden, between 2,000 and 3,000 women of childbearing age cannot have children due to the lack of a uterus.