Brazil: Dead Woman's Womb Transplanted Into Another Woman Helps Her Bear Her Own Child

No happiness is worth comparing for a woman than becoming a mother. But not all are blessed with it because nearly 10-15% of women suffer from infertility due to uterine problems every year this deprives them of this pleasure. If it was few years ago, the only way these women would have become a mother is by adopting a child or surrogacy but this no longer is the scenario. With recent advancements in medical field, the world saw the birth of a baby through a transplanted womb for the first time that was donated by a dead person which was no less than a miracle and became a hope for all suffering women in the world.

Childhood agony taken away

This Brazilian woman was not like every other woman when she born. She was lacking her uterus due to a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome which meant she couldn’t bear her child. But luckily she found a donor when she reached 32. The donor was 45 who died due a stroke. Her womb was transplanted into to her in 2016 by Dani Ejzenberg, a doctor at Brazil’s Sao Paulo university hospital.

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(A representative figure of normal female reproductive system)

The numbers of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own deaths are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population,” says Dani.

Five months post transplant, Dani’s team checked her for any anomalies in the transplant. The ultrasound was perfectly normal and she had regular menstruation. Her agony was going to be relieved once and for all.

Hope returned to her life

When it was confirmed that she could now bear a child, her preciously fertilized and frozen eggs were implanted into her womb. After 10 days time period, her pregnancy was affirmed and now everyone was hoping for the day of delivery. After 35 week and 3 days, she gave birth to a beautiful little girl child who weighed 2.55 kg at the time of birth. She was a cesarean baby and as healthy as any normal child. Seven months later she showed normal growth and weighed 7.2 kg.

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Challenges overcame

The transplant was quite tricky as it involved connecting veins from the donor uterus with the recipient’s veins, as well as linking arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals but the doctor and his team took all the necessary precautions and showed promising results. With this they have brought hope in the life of all the women who suffer the same problem and have lost faith.

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