For the first time, a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor gave birth to a healthy baby.
The University of São Paulo reported the successful birth of a healthy baby from a transplanted uterus that was donated from a deceased donor.
The donor recipient was a 32-year-old mother who was born without a uterus. In 2016, she went through a 10.5-hour transplant procedure to implant the uterus of a deceased 45-year-old women.
After five months without any signs of rejection and regular menstruation, the recipient then underwent a fertility treatment. The procedure used previously frozen, fertilized eggs and implanted them into her new uterus.
The pregnancy was reported to be completely normal and healthy. The baby was then born at 35 weeks via C-section, showing healthy signs and weighing five and a half pounds.
A procedure like this, using a deceased donor’s uterus, is very rare. There have only been 10 attempts before it in recent years. But no live births have been reported until now.
“The need for a live donor is a major limitation as donors are rare, typically being willing and eligible family member or close friends,” Dr. Dani Ejzenberg. “The numbers of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own deaths are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population.”