First baby born after uterus transplant from deceased donor
For the first time, a woman has given birth to a baby after receiving a uterus transplant from a deceased donor. Here’s what you need to know:
- The details: In a case report published in the Lancet, researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil transplanted a uterus from a 45-year-old woman who died into a 32-year-old woman who was born without a uterus. Seven months after the transplant, doctors transferred an IVF embryo made with the woman’s egg and her husband’s sperm into her womb. When the paper was written, about seven months after the birth, both the mom and her daughter were healthy.
- The background: Before this, only uterus transplants from living donors had led to successful births. Researchers have tried transplanting uteruses from deceased donors before, but they haven’t led to a live birth until now.
- The takeaway: “The use of deceased donors could greatly broaden access to this treatment, and our results provide proof-of-concept for a new option for women with uterine infertility,” Dr. Dani Ejzenberg, who led the research, said in a statement.