There have been several reports in the past, where births have taken place through a transplanted uterus, however, from a living donor who is usually a relative or a friend. There have been ten previous attempts using a uterus from deceased donors in the Czech Republic, Turkey and the U.S. and none of them were successful.
The woman became pregnant through in vitro fertilization seven months after the transplant. Post delivery, doctors removed the womb, partly so that the mother would no longer have to take anti-rejection medicines.
The procedure was led by a Swedish doctor named Mats Brannstrom.
In 2016, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic transplanted a uterus from a deceased donor, but it failed after an infection developed.
“The Brazilian group has proven that using deceased donors is a viable option,” said Dr. Tommaso Falcone, “It may give us a bigger supply of organs than we thought were possible.”
“There are still lots of things we don’t understand about pregnancies, like how embryos implant,” said Dr. Cesar Diaz, “These transplants will help us understand implantation and every stage of pregnancy.”