In Revolutionary Procedure, A Child Was Born From A Dead Woman’s Uterus

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A woman in Brazil became the first ever to give birth to a healthy baby after receiving a deceased woman's womb.

A 32-year-old woman in Brazil who was born without a womb gave birth to a healthy baby girl last year, after receiving a transplanted womb from a deceased woman.

This marks the first successful birth after such a transplant.

Via BBC News:

The 10-hour transplant operation - and later fertility treatment - took place in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2016. The mother, 32, was born without a womb.

There have been 39 womb transplants using a live donor, including mothers donating their womb to their daughter, resulting in 11 babies.

But the 10 previous transplants from a dead donor have failed or resulted in miscarriage.

The donated womb, according to the report in [The Lancet](http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18%2931766-5/fulltext), came from a 45-year-old mother of three who died from bleeding on the brain.

The recipient had Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, which affects about one in every 4,500 women and results in the vagina and uterus (womb) failing to form properly.

However, her ovaries were fine. And doctors were able to remove eggs, fertilise them with the father-to-be's sperm and freeze them.

After six weeks, the woman began menstruating; after seven months, the doctors implanted fertilized eggs; and then came the baby.

[A]fter a normal pregnancy, a 6lb (2.5kg) baby was delivered by Caesarean section on 15 December 2017.

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