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Womb-Transplant Mom: The 'Impossible Can Happen'

Names baby Vincent, 'to conquer'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2014 8:46 AM CDT
Womb-Transplant Mom: The 'Impossible Can Happen'
Vincent, the first baby born to a woman who had a womb transplant, is cradled by his mother at an undisclosed location in Sweden, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ben Jary)

(Newser) – After a womb transplant allowed her to bring a son into the world, a Swedish mom wants "people to know that what they think is impossible can happen." The woman, whose name hasn't been released, is the first woman to give birth after such an operation. At 15, she was told she'd never have a child; now, at 36, she and her husband have named their healthy boy Vincent, meaning "to conquer," the AP reports. "We've been through so many things I couldn't control, but now that this little fantastic boy is here, I just feel relieved," she says.

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The donor of the uterus, a family friend, is now the boy's godmother (earlier reports had identified her as his grandmother). "What she did for us was so amazing and selfless that the words 'thank you' don't seem like enough," says the father. When the baby's older, "we will show him all the articles that were written and tell him everything we went through to get him," his mother notes. "Maybe he will be inspired to become a doctor." As for the doctor who led the procedure, "the biggest reward is actually seeing the new, happy family," Dr. Mats Brannstrom tells the BBC. (Read more Sweden stories.)

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