By Stephanie Stahl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The ability to transplant a uterus is providing new hope to thousands of women who cannot give birth because they don’t have a uterus. The technology is being studied here in Philadelphia at Penn but doctors in Texas were the first to announce an American birth.

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The newborn is the first US baby born to a mother with a uterus transplant.

“When you see this boy, you feel you’ve done something beautiful,” Dr. Giuliano Testa, transplant surgeon at Baylor University Medical Center.

He was born last month during a scheduled C-section.

“There was something about this that was so special. Sorry, I’m an emotional person — there was something so exciting about this because the patients were so excited,” Dr. Robert Gunby Jr., an obstetrician/gynecologist at the center, said.

The mother, who wishes to maintain her privacy, was born without a uterus, a condition called absolute uterine factor infertility, which affects one in every 500 women. She had the transplant more than a year ago.

“As young women 14-16, they’re told [they’ll] never have a chance of having [their] own babies, carrying those babies, and this is providing women hope,” Dr. E. Colin Koon, an obstetrician/gynecologist at the center, said.

The transplanted womb came from a living donor who does not know the patient.

Doctors are currently monitoring the baby and say he is breathing and eating well.

The family released a statement saying, they hope their son can serve as an inspiration to those struggling with infertility.

That mother is home now and doing well.

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Doctors will remove the transplanted uterus after the first or second pregnancy, because she can’t stay on anti-rejection drugs indefinitely. Baylor has done a number of transplants and is hoping for more babies soon.

Doctors in Sweden were the first to deliver a baby from a transplanted uterus.

 

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