Written by Kumudu Jayawardana
14 Jan, 2014 | 12:37 am
Nine women in Sweden have received womb transplants from living relatives in a pioneering trial.
Dr Mats Brannstrom, of the University of Gothenberg, who has been leading the experimental fertility project, hopes the technique could help other women who want to become pregnant.
He says up to 15,000 women in the UK could stand to benefit.
This includes women either born without a womb or who have womb problems that stop them conceiving.
Dr Brannstrom’s team recruited 10 women to their trial. One could not proceed with the trial for medical reasons, but nine went on to have a womb transplant.
These women were born without a uterus or had it removed because of cervical cancer.
Most are in their 30s and are part of the first major experiment to test whether it is possible to transplant wombs into women so they can give birth to their own children.
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