Revolution: First Baby Was Born After a Uterus Transplant in US (Infographic)


For the first time ever American woman born without a uterus gave birth to a child.


Source: Baylor University Medical Center via AP

Medicine miracle

The historical birth took place at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a part of Baylor Scott & White, TIME reported.

“We’ve been preparing for this moment for a very long time,” says Dr. Liza Johannesson, an ob-gyn and uterus transplant surgeon at Baylor. “I think everyone had tears in their eyes when the baby came out. I did for sure.”

The woman and her husband asked for not revealing their names to protect their privacy.

The first birth in the hospital’s ongoing uterus transplant clinical trial happened at Baylor. Women who participate in the trial have what’s called absolute uterine factor infertility (AUI), which means their uterus is nonfunctioning or nonexistent. The transplant is also possible for women with such medical issues as certain cancers.

“We do transplants all day long,” says Dr. Giuliano Testa, the leader of the uterus transplant clinical trial at Baylor, and surgical chief of abdominal transplant for Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute. “This is not the same thing. I totally underestimated what this type of transplant does for these women. What I’ve learned emotionally, I do not have the words to describe.”

The baby was born healthy and screaming. “I’ve delivered a lot of babies, but this one was special,” says Dr. Robert T. Gunby Jr., the obstetrician and gynecologist who delivered the baby. “When I started my career we didn’t even have sonograms. Now we are putting in uteruses from someone else and getting a baby.”


Source: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

Uterus donor

Transplantations could be made with the help of either a living or deceased donors. In this case, a registered nurse in the Dallas area, volunteered her uterus to the woman who recently gave birth.

Taylor Siler, 36, who has two boys aged 6 and 4, took part in the program to donate her uterus.  She and her husband had already decided they were not going to have any more children, and she wanted to offer someone else a shot at motherhood. “I have family members who struggled to have babies, and it’s not fair,” says Siler. “I just think that if we can give more people that option, that’s an awesome thing.”

Baylor trial


So far, according to Baylor, there are over 70 women express interest in donating their uterus. The recipients in the clinical trial are between the ages of 20 to 35, and the donors must be between ages 30 to 60. Uterus transplants are expensive, with some estimates putting the cost at up to $500,000.

Baylor will complete a total of 10 uterus transplants as part of its first trial. So far the hospital has completed eight. At least three have failed.

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