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Woman gives birth to a live infant after uterus transplant, in a medical first

Woman gives birth to a live infant after uterus transplant, in a medical first | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

 

A healthy baby boy has been born born prematurely via caesarean section to a Swedish mother last month after the mother had undergone a successful uterus transplant. The uterus was donated from a 61-year-old friend of the mother.

 

This case now represents proof of concept that a live birth can follow a successful uterus transplant, which to date has proven difficult to achieve in other cases.

 

The medical team from Sweden (some of whom are pictured above undertaking the transplant surgery) have also reported the case in detail in a leading medical journal The Lancet. The full Lancet paper can be downloaded via-

 

http://download.thelancet.com/flatcontentassets/pdfs/S0140673614617281.pdf

 

 

An image of the baby along with some condensed information can be viewed via clicking on the following link-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11140527/Womb-transplant-first-picture-of-baby-born-after-pioneering-operation.html?__scoop_post=2bc97550-4bbe-11e4-9fb1-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=416336#__scoop_post=2bc97550-4bbe-11e4-9fb1-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=416336

 

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

This case represents the culmination of the efforts of clinical research programme into uterus transplantation in Sweden. Of note the indications for the procedure may remain limited due to the nature of the surgery required, the ability to source an appropriate donor organ and the requirement for close medical monitoring of the recipient.

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Joseph E. Murray, Transplant Surgeon and Nobel Winner, Dies at 93

Joseph E. Murray, Transplant Surgeon and Nobel Winner, Dies at 93 | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The history and background to the first successful human organ transplant performed by a team led by Dr. Joseph Murray in 1954 in a Boston hospital, is featured in this article. The surgery involved a  23-year-old man donating his kidney to his identical twin brother.

 

This post has been published in light of the recent death of Dr Murray who received the Nobel prize for his endeavours in bringing organ transplantation into clinical reality.

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