Uterus donations right now are only available to women who have family members that can donate to them. A new technique might broaden the pool of available uterus donors and give more women the option to have a baby. A woman who received a donated uterus from a deceased woman has given birth to a baby. This marks the first time a baby was born from a deceased donor uterus and the first uterine transplantation to occur in Latin America.
Person involved with the case say that the new findings show that a uterus transplanted from deceased donors is feasible and opens access to women with uterine infertility without needing to have a live donor. The researchers do point out that the outcomes and effects of donations from live and deceased donors haven’t been compared yet.
In this case, the recipient of the transplant was a patient who had uterine infertility. There have been ten other uterus transplants around the world from deceased donors, but this one is the first to have resulted in a livebirth. Uterus transplants have been happening via live donors since 2013 with 11 livebirths so far.
The uterus transplant, in this case, happened in September 2016. The 32-year-old woman was born without a uterus due to Mayer-Rokitansky-Hauser syndrome. The deceased uterus donor was a 45-year old woman who died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage. The surgery to implant the donated uterus took about 10.5 hours to complete. The in-vitro fertilized eggs were implanted seven months post-surgery.
Five months was given to ensure that the uterus transplant was successful. Ten days after egg implantation, the woman was confirmed to be pregnant. The woman delivered a baby girl via cesarean section at 35 weeks and three days. The transplanted uterus was removed during the cesarean delivery and showed no anomalies.