US A woman with a transplanted uterus just gave birth — a first for the U.S.

02:25  04 december  2017
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Dr. Giluiano Testa, who leads Baylor' s uterine transplant trial, said, "The reality is that it' s going to be very difficult for many women to afford this." Read the full story at Time. Kelly O'Meara Morales. A woman born without a uterus just gave birth .

Doctors in Sweden are rejoicing after a woman successfully gave birth to a child in a transplanted womb. The first baby born in a transplanted womb is just like any other child, weighing about 3.9 pounds. A woman who doesn’t have a uterus is unable to experience embryonic implantation

The first baby born as a result of a womb transplant in the United States lies in the neonatal unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. (Baylor University Medical Center via AP) © Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post The first baby born as a result of a womb transplant in the United States lies in the neonatal unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. (Baylor University Medical Center via AP)

For women with uterine factor infertility who want to be mothers, the calculus has always been heartbreakingly simple: No uterus means no pregnancy.

The equation changed drastically in 2014, when Swedish doctors delivered a healthy 3.9-pound baby that was the result of a successful uterus transplant.

Now, doctors at Baylor University say a woman born without a uterus has delivered a baby after a successful transplant, the first time the surgery has worked outside of the Swedish hospital that pioneered the procedure.

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Two years ago a Swedish research team announced that they had performed a revolutionary feat: For the first time they had helped a woman born without a uterus give birth to her own child. They had transplanted a uterus from a 61-year-old volunteer into a 35-year-old patient

The Cleveland Clinic Will Soon Perform the First Uterus Transplant in the U . S . In five cases, the donors are the recipient's mothers, which the Times notes "raised the dizzying possibility of a woman giving birth from the same womb that produced her."

The success marked another step forward for transplant surgery aimed at improving a person’s life, not just saving it. Doctors have performed penis transplants for wounded troops, given a young boy two new hands and given a new nose, lips, palate, eyelids and jaw to a woman who was gruesomely disfigured after she was shot in the face.

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The fact that the uterus transplant success in Sweden can be replicated is a promising sign for thousands of women who have been unable to conceive. And doctors at Baylor have sought to expand the limits of the procedure, using donated uteri that didn’t come from family members and, in some cases, organs that came from cadavers.

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WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 -- The first U . S . woman to receive a transplanted uterus has had the implanted organ Along with her husband Blake, she has adopted three children, but always longed to give birth to her own child. " Uterine transplant is not just about moving a uterus from here to there.

24, the patient, a 26-year-old woman from Texas, became the first in the United States to receive a uterus transplant , in a nine-hour operation here at the Cleveland Clinic. Born without a uterus , she hopes the transplant will enable her to become pregnant and give birth .

“To make the field grow and expand and have the procedure come out to more women, it has to be reproduced,” said Liza Johannesson, a uterus transplant surgeon who left the Swedish team to join Baylor’s group, told the New York Times. “It was a very exciting birth. I’ve seen so many births and delivered so many babies, but this was a very special one.”

Baylor’s clinical trial was designed to include 10 women. Eight, including the new mother, have received the transplants so far. One recipient is pregnant, and two are trying to conceive. Four others had transplants that failed, and the organs had to be surgically removed.

The surgeries differ from other transplants in one major way: They’re not intended to be permanent. Instead, they give a woman enough time to conceive a child. In vitro fertilized eggs are transferred to the woman’s womb, and after the baby is born, the uterus is removed via surgery.

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On February 24, surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic performed the first uterus transplant in the United States, a procedure they hope will allow a 26-year-old woman without a functioning uterus to give birth via cesarean section.

(The transplanted uterus in Sweden came from a 61-year-old woman .) Doctors in Sweden have done womb transplants before, but 2014 marked the first live birth . At birth , she was just under 10 ounces. After 4 months in the hospital, when her parents took her home, she weighed 4 pounds.

That means the patient doesn’t have to spend a lifetime taking powerful drugs that suppress her immune system, which would put her at risk for dangerous long-term complications.

The university hasn’t released the names of the mother or the baby, saying they chose to remain anonymous.

But according to Tech Times, the donor uterus came from Taylor Siler, a Dallas nurse who has two children. She said she wanted to offer another woman a chance to give birth.

While this most recent birth is a step forward, uterine transplantation surgery is still in its very early days, and doctors conceded that there had been setbacks, particularly with the earliest volunteers.

In February 2016, Lindsey McFarland became the first woman to receive a uterus transplant in the United States. The organ came from a dead donor and was implanted during a nine-hour surgery.

Her story gave a sense of just how tenuous the nascent surgery is. She had to have her transplanted uterus removed after coming down with a yeast infection.

According to Newsweek, most of the women in Baylor’s trial had Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which makes pregnancy and giving birth impossible.

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In Sweden, where the surgery was pioneered, five of nine womb transplant recipients have given birth to healthy babies and one woman is pregnant for the second time. In February, the Cleveland Clinic performed the first uterus transplant in the U . S .; the organ was from a deceased donor.

The Cleveland Clinic completed the first uterus transplant in the U . S . earlier this year, and so far the patient is off to a successful start. This can amount to a heavy burden to bear for women who want to give birth to their own biological kids.

And for most of their lives many had been told that they wouldn’t be able to have children.

“We do transplants all day long,” Giuliano Tesla, who heads the uterus transplant clinical trial at Baylor University Medical Center, told Time magazine. “This is not the same thing. I totally underestimated what this type of transplant does for these women. What I’ve learned emotionally, I do not have the words to describe.”

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