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A First: Uterine Transplant from Deceased Donor Allows for Live Birth

Innovation within the field of organ transplantation has grown tremendously in the past decade. Amongst this progress is a new story of success from São Paolo, Brazil.

A new study, revealed that for the first time ever, a baby was delivered via a uterus which had been transplanted from a deceased donor. The mother had an abnormality which rendered her infertile, and resultantly needed a transplanted uterus in order to conceive and give birth. This has been done before with living donors, but never had it been done with a deceased donor. The mother delivered the baby in c-section to a health newborn baby. Now, almost a year later, the child has continued to live a healthy, normal life.

This example is especially unique because of the donor. When transplanting from a deceased donor, there are always several hours of transport and surgery which leave the organ without oxygen. In this case, the uterus went without oxygen for nearly 8 hours. Dr. Andrew Shennan, an obstetrics professor at Kings College London noted the rareness and importance of this case in particular. This study demonstrated that the uterus can remain functioning and intact despite this 8-hour period. This information is invaluable, and can inform other operations in the future.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/04/health/uterus-transplant-deceased-donor-study/index.html

 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31766-5/fulltext

 

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/newsevents/newsrecords/2018/Jan/New-Years-Honours.aspx

 

  • Chris N

    I was so fascinated to read about this the other day! Science and medicine has really come a long way. This medical breakthrough offers hope for women who have dealt with the pain of infertility.