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This Baby Is the 2nd in the U.S. Born From Transplanted Uterus of Dead Donor

A woman who was told she’d never be able to have children became the second person in the U.S. to have a child with a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor.

Penn Medicine

A woman who was told she’d never be able to have children, successfully delivered a child through cesarean section with a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor. 

Jennifer Gobrecht, 33, gave birth to her son, Benjamin, in November at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. Earlier in 2018, she received a uterine transplant from a deceased donor and became only the second person in the U.S. to not use a live donor. Gobrecht was the first of five women who are part of a trial at Penn Medicine, that plans on testing the uterine transplants. 

The procedure is relatively new, with only about 70 women undergoing uterine transplants worldwide. Six women in the U.S. have used live donors for uterine transplants.  

Researchers at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania say that a deceased donor has more of an advantage because surgeons can use more blood vessels to transplant the uterus, and there is less of a risk of major surgery than there would be with a live donor.

The first woman to receive a uterine transplant from a deceased donor was in Brazil in 2017. She later gave birth to a baby girl. 

Gobrecht was born with ovaries but not a uterus, which is a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome. In 2018, the surgery to implant the donated uterus took 10 hours. Six months later, she had her first successful embryo implantation. After she gave birth, the uterus was removed. 

“I hope that this process can be another mainstream option for couples hoping to have children that don’t necessarily have the option to do it the standard, natural way,” Gobrecht said.