THE first baby has been born using a uterus transplanted from a dead donor in a groundbreaking case that may offer hope to women with uterine infertility.
A girl weighing about 6lb and showing no signs of abnormalities was born via Caesarean section to a 32-year-old woman in Brazil, it has been reported.
Her mother was born without a uterus but received one in September 2016 from a 45-year-old donor who had died of a stroke involving a bleed on the brain.
The mother underwent a course of IVF and her baby was delivered at 35 weeks and three days into her pregnancy, according to The Lancet.
She and the baby were discharged from hospital three days after the birth.
Infertility affects up to 15 per cent of couples of reproductive age. One in 500 women has uterine anomalies that are congenital, the result of malformation, a hysterectomy, or infection.
Currently, uterus donation is only available for women with relatives willing to donate. There have been 11 live births from 39 transplants involving live donors, with the first in Sweden in 2013. There have been ten unsuccessful attempts worldwide with dead donors.
Study leader Dr Dani Ejzenberg, of Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil, said deceased donors ‘could greatly broaden access to this treatment’.
She added: ‘The first uterus transplants from live donors were a medical milestone, creating the possibility of childbirth for many infertile women with access to suitable donors and the needed medical facilities.
‘However, the need for a live donor is a major limitation as donors are rare, typically being willing and eligible family members or close friends.
‘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.’