Written by Staff Writer
26 Jan, 2014 | 2:42 pm
The world’s first ever birth from a transplanted womb could be imminent as doctors successfully introduce an embryo into a Swedish woman’s body.
The woman is on course to become the first in the world to give birth from a transplanted womb, after doctors successfully introduced an embryo into her body.
The embryo was transferred last week, months after the unidentified woman, who has a genetic condition that means she was born without a womb, became one of nine to receive pioneering transplants last year.
The transplanted womb was donated by the woman’s mother, so a baby would also be the first born to a woman using the same womb from which she emerged herself.
The egg from which the embryo was grown was the woman’s own. The development in Sweden holds out hope for up to 200,000 women in Europe, including thousands in Britain.
“The best scenario is a baby in nine months,” said Dr Mats Brannstrom, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, who led the transplant team.
Earlier this month, Dr Brannstrom revealed that all nine of the womb transplants his team performed between September 2012 and last April had been successful, with only minor complications.
Eight of the recipients suffer from MRKH syndrome, a congenital disorder which affects one in 5,000 women and prevents the womb from developing.
The ninth had her womb removed after suffering cervical cancer.
Women with the syndrome have intact ovaries and produce eggs, which can be fertilised outside their bodies like other “test-tube” babies.
Attempts to enable the Swedish women to bear children are being followed closely by would-be mothers around the world.
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