What many respected medical experts thought of as nearly impossible has been made possible in Sweden: a woman gave birth to a baby after undergoing womb transplant. The 36 years unnamed woman was born without uterus, but a 61 year old relative donated her own womb and after a successful transplant, the Swedish woman is now a proud mother of a healthy baby boy.
This is the first time a woman without a womb or uterus would conceive and deliver a baby after undergoing womb transplant, and the successful feat was achieved at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden under the expertise of Dr. Mats Brannstrom. Dr. Brannstrom is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm IVF, and he was assisted by wife during the surgery and baby’s delivery. His wife is a trained midwife.
The baby had been born a little prematurely, but he was healthy and both mother and child are now doing okay at their home. The baby’s father is also very happy for the success of the operation which doctors had said was highly experimental with very little chances of actual success. The most doctors have come to success in this experimental womb transplant in Saudi Arabia and Turkey had resulted in two stillbirths, and doctors in Japan, France, and Britain are also planning to conduct such experiments with the harvested wombs of recently diseased women.
According to the proud father, “it was a pretty tough journey over the years, but we now have the most amazing baby. He is very, very cute, and he doesn’t even scream, he just murmurs.” Dr. Brannstrom says “the baby is fantastic, but it is even better to see the joys in the parents and how happy he made them,” and then he added how excited he is for the success of the operation, “it is still sinking in that we have actually done it.”
A past president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and a University of Cornell fertility specialist, Dr. Glenn Schattman expressed his surprises at the success of the operation by saying that “this would not be done unless there were no other options. It requires a very long surgery and not without risks and complications. Dr. Brannstrom believes the success of the operation owed to the good health of the harvested womb, donated by a family relative, for the recipient who actually had healthy ovaries but born without any womb or uterus.