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.
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.
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.