In December 2018, doctors from Brazil reported the first time a baby was born from a uterus that was transplanted from a deceased donor. While uterus donations are not uncommon, most have been from donors who are living, such as a family member. However, the patient successfully conceived after completing IVF 7 months after the transplant and delivered her baby via caesarean section. The uterus was removed after the c-section so that the mother would no longer have to take anti-rejection medication.
In the United States, Baylor University Medical Center in Texas and the Cleveland Clinic are two facilities that conduct uterus transplants. Two babies were born from living donor transplants at Baylor while the Cleveland Clinic is currently attempting the same procedure that was done in Brazil using deceased donors.
Doctors all around the world say that this opens a new opportunity to not only help infertile women but also use deceased donor organs. While infertility may not be a life threatening condition, it can definitely lower the quality of life for women who would like to have their own children. In receiving a uterus transplant, women have the option of carrying their own babies instead of utilizing a surrogate.
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