Ohio Birth Marks a First in North America

Cleveland Clinic: First baby in North America born after a womb transplant from a dead donor

First US Baby Delivered Via Transplanted Womb

The delivery in the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio, was the first of its kind in North America and only the second anywhere in the world. But then, most of the donors, in this case, have been living ladies such as friends or relatives who no longer can or wants to have children.

The mother, who was not identified by the clinic but is in her mid-30s, received the donated uterus in late 2017, and became pregnant almost a year later through in vitro fertilization.

However, in a surprising medical breakthrough, a baby girl has been carried to term in a womb from a deceased donor and this little miracle has been delivered at the Cleveland Clinic.

The transplant and birth are part of an on-going clinical trial, named Uterine Transplantation for the Treatment of Uterine Factor Infertility, at the Cleveland Clinic.

The uterus was transplanted in late 2017.

"We couldn't have asked for a better outcome".

Women with this condition either are born without an intact uterus or have had uterine damage through an infection, procedure or hysterectomy.

"It's important to remember this is still research", Perni said.

Some have questioned whether the risky surgery is a realistic option for most women because of the rejection risk and the need to take immunosuppressant drugs for a transplant that, unlike a donated kidney or heart, isn't saving their life. The Cleveland Clinic, which oversaw the transplant, pregnancy and June birth as part of an ongoing clinical trial, said both the baby girl and mother are "doing great".

The trial, which is only using wombs from deceased donors, has had success with three out of five uterus transplants. Womb transplants from living donors were originally pioneered in Sweden, which performed the procedure successfully for the first time in 2014.

"We are the first birth from a deceased donor in North America", said Tommaso Falcone, M.D., Cleveland Clinic professor of obstetrics & gynecology and former institute chair.

Transplant surgeon Andreas Tzakis in Cleveland Clinic was excited about this new development.

"It was fantastic how perfectly normal the delivery was, considering how extraordinary the occasion", said Dr. Andreas Tzakis, a transplant surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic.

This particular patient was born without a uterus, and chose to have the transplanted womb removed after her baby was born.

It's a promising development in reproductive options for women who are infertile due to uterine problems, according to the research team behind the delivery.

Recently, Legit.ng reported the story of a UK-based Ghanaian lady who has two wombs and two private areas.

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