For the first time ever, a woman who received a uterus transplant from a deceased donor has delivered a baby. This unprecedented event was first reported in the medical journal The Lancet on Dec. 4, 2018.
The birth took place in Brazil. “The results provide proof-of-concept for a new treatment option for absolute uterine factor infertility,” wrote co-authors Dr. Dani Ejzenberg, an ob/gyn at the University of Sao Paulo and Hospital das Clínicas in Brazil, and Dr. Wellington Andraus, a transplant surgeon at the Sao Paulo University School of Medicine.
There have been 11 previous births to women who received a uterus from a living donor. Reuters reports that 10 previous uterus transplants from deceased donors in the US and other countries all failed to produce a live birth.
The author of an accompanying commentary in The Lancet wrote, “There are still lots of things we don’t understand about pregnancies, like how embryos implant. These transplants will help us understand implantation and every stage of pregnancy.”