A woman who received a uterus from a deceased donor gives birth to a healthy baby girl. The said baby turns one this month. Eleven women have already been reported to have given birth after receiving their uterus from living donors. This birth via a uterus acquired from a non-living donor is a breakthrough. It gives hope to many women who want to have children but do not have a healthy uterus.
In the case of the woman who received a uterus from a deceased woman, the recipient had MRKH (Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser) syndrome. This condition happens to 1 in 4,500 women. The transplanted uterus was from a 45-year-old woman who delivered normally three times and then died after having a stroke.
The recipient was a 32-year-old woman who started menstruating 37 days after the transplant. Seven months post-surgery, the doctors implanted an embryo. As the pregnancy progressed, there was normal circulation from the transplanted uterus to the umbilical cord. After the delivery, the doctors removed the uterus.