For the first time ever in the US, a woman born without a uterus has given birth, Time reports. The baby boy was delivered via a planned Caesarean section in late November at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas; the historic birth was announced Friday. "We've been preparing for this moment for a very long time," uterus transplant surgeon Dr. Liza Johannesson says. Baylor has completed eight uterus transplants as part of an ongoing clinical trial, but at least three have failed. The unidentified woman was the first to give birth with a transplanted uterus in the US and only the ninth woman in the world to do so, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Multiple surgeons at Baylor report crying during the birth. “It gives hope to women who didn’t feel like they had hope,” says Dr. Colin Koon, a member of the transplant team. The women in the clinical trial have absolute uterine factor infertility, which means their uterus doesn't work or isn't there, and many had grown up without hope of giving birth. Doctors say the uterus transplant procedure could also one day help women with other medical complications, such as cancer-related hysterectomies, give birth. “I have family members who struggled to have babies, and it’s not fair,” 36-year-old Taylor Siler tells Time. “I just think that if we can give more people that option, that’s an awesome thing.” Siler donated the uterus that made last month's historic birth possible. The first attempt at a uterus transplant birth in the US failed due to a fungal infection last year at the Cleveland Clinic, WFAA reports. (Read more uterus transplant stories.)