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MIRACULOUS UTERUS TRANSPLANT: First U.S. birth from womb transplant is successful

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By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/9/2019 (1 week ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Mother has successful birth after receiving donated uterus.

For the first time in the United States, a baby has been born to a woman who received a uterine transplant.

Cleveland Clinic performed the successful transplant surgery in 2017.

Cleveland Clinic performed the successful transplant surgery in 2017.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The unnamed infant was born in June at the Cleveland Clinic after the mother received the womb transplant from a deceased donor in 2017. This is the second birth of its kind in the entire world, with the first taking place in Brazil in December 2018. 

The U.S. mother was a part of a research trial with 10 other women who suffered from infertility due to complications in the uterus, according to the Daily Mail.

"We couldn't have asked for a better outcome," expressed Uma Perni, M.D., Cleveland Clinic maternal fetal medicine specialist. "Everything went wonderfully with the delivery; the mother and baby girl are doing great." 

"It was amazing how perfectly normal this delivery was, considering how extraordinary the occasion," said Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeon Andreas Tzakis, MD, PhD. 

This successful outcome comes three years after the clinic attempted its first ever womb transplant in the U.S. However, this transplant, to patient Lindsey McFarland, had to be removed after she suffered from an undiagnosed bacterial infection called Candida albicans.

The Cleveland Clinic has completed five uterus transplants and three have been deemed successful. Two of the women are waiting for attempt pregnancy with their new wombs. 

The first ever successful uterus transplant was carried out five years ago by a Swedish doctor. 

"Through this research, we aim to make these extraordinary events, ordinary for the women who choose this option," expressed Tzakis. "We are grateful to the donor and her family, their generosity allowed our patient's dream to come true and a new baby to be born." 

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