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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Women giving birth using their own mothers wombs

Two women have made medical history by giving birth using wombs donated by their own mothers.

The two new mums - both from Sweden - are the first to give birth using the wombs that brought them into the world.

The pioneering procedure gives hope to 15,000 British women who can’t have children either because they were born without a womb or have had it removed.

Henrik Hagberg, a professor in fetal medicine at King’s College London, said: “It is an absolutely extraordinary gift. It is probably the best thing you can do for your daughter.”

The babies were born by Caesarean section a month ago and are understood to be thriving at home with their mums, who had embryos frozen and placed into the donor womb a year after the transplant.

The news came two months after Dr Mats Brannstrom, the pioneering surgeon behind the transplant procedure announced the birth of Vincent, the first baby to be born to a woman whose friend donated her womb.

Dr Brannstrom said: “In the future, it is not going to be a problem to get a donor – not like a kidney, heart or liver.”

British doctors are due to submit documents for ethics approval to carry out the first five womb transplants in the UK next year, and there are already 60 women on the waiting list.

Allan Pacey, of the British Fertility Society, praised Sweden’s womb transplant programme, saying: “If it carries on like this it may have a massive impact on things like surrogacy.

“Women would much prefer to have their own baby and be pregnant than watch another woman be pregnant.”


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