Mother, Daughter Prepare for 1st Womb Transplant
Daughter could carry children in womb that carried her
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 13, 2011 6:26 AM CDT
A microscopic image of a uterus.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Doctors in Sweden are preparing for what they hope will be the first successful womb transplant. The likely candidates: a mother, 56, and her 25-year-old daughter, who was born with no uterus. If the transplant from Eva Ottosson to daughter Sara is successful, Sara could end up carrying a child in the womb that once carried her, the Telegraph reports. The operation could occur as early as next spring in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A 2000 attempt at a womb transplant in Saudi Arabia ultimately failed when complications forced the removal of the transplanted uterus after 99 days. Now, the Gothenburg scientists say advances in the field mean they’re ready to take another shot, though "technically it is lot more difficult than transplanting a kidney, liver, or heart. The difficulty with it is avoiding hemorrhage and making sure you have long enough blood vessels to connect the womb." Is it strange for Sara to get the same womb she came from? "I haven’t really thought about that," she says. "I'm a biology teacher and it’s just an organ like any other organ."

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meepmeeps
Feb 25, 2012 3:33 PM CST
I cannot believe someone would risk all the complications of a transplant to potentially carry a child when there are so many other safer options out there. The immuno-suppressive regimen is no joke and there are life-threatening complications. And if she was to get pregnant after the transplant, the fetus would be exposed to all those immuno-suppressive drugs. Absolutely insane.
proud_prude
Jun 14, 2011 12:19 AM CDT
The ultimate elective surgery. The resources could be used in so many better ways, and the planet is filled with children waiting to be adopted.
vapidvortex
Jun 13, 2011 3:36 PM CDT
Ok, so the "womb" is an actual body part?? Do women really have one if they're not pregnant? I could understand a uterus transplant but a so-called womb?? Are they the same thing? That's a weird one.