UK woman donates womb to sister in country’s first uterus transplant

  • 02 Sep - 08 Sep, 2023
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A woman from the UK gave her uterus to her younger sister, who underwent the first womb transplant ever performed in the nation. According to media sources, the treatment was successful, and the 34-year-old recipient is now hoping to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive two children. The married woman, whose 40-year-old sister donated her womb, was born with the unusual Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH), which caused her womb to be undeveloped. According to The Guardian, the illness affects one in every 5,000 women and causes an underdeveloped or absent womb. The ovaries of people with MRKH continue to function and continue to create eggs and female hormones. According to the findings, this implies that such women can become pregnant following fertility treatment.

According to the report, five of the embryos were frozen after they reached the blastocyst stage and would be used for the patient's continued care at the Lister Fertility Clinic in London later this year. The organ retrieval team's leader, Prof. Richard Smith, a gynecological surgeon, told BBC that the transplant was a "massive success". "Everything about it was emotional. Afterward, I believe we were all a little teary-eyed," he said. “Her womb is functioning perfectly and we are monitoring her progress very closely,” Quiroga added, according to the BBC report.