We are being bombarded by bad news daily in the media, so it’s always nice when to come across news that speaks of hope, joy and the miracle of life.
Miracle in the surgery room
In Sweden, a medical miracle 10 years in the making has happened to four women. On the 15 and 16 of September, a team of researchers, physicians and specialists from the University of Gothenburg performed uterus transplants where two Swedish women were successfully implanted with donated uteruses.
However, team leader Mat Brännström, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Gothenburg and chief physician at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital Women’s Clinic, was cautiously optimistic saying, “We are not going to call it a complete success until this result in children — that’s the best proof.”
What makes this story incredibly heart-warming is the fact that the uteruses were donated by their own mothers, marking it the first mother to daughter uterus transplant. This proves once again the unconditional love of a mother for her child. What this means for the two women is the possibility of childbirth, while for their mothers, it’s giving their daughters a chance to carry life within them.
So, should these women get pregnant; their baby will be carried in the same womb that carried them. Talk about mind boggling! And imagine the stories these women will tell their grandkids.
The women who received the transplants, are both in their 30s, and while one had to have her uterus removed in 1998 because of surgery for cervical cancer, the other was born without a uterus. They are both doing fine after the surgery and their mothers/donors are ready to be discharged within a few days.
A ray of hope
This breakthrough research and surgery will give new hope to many women worldwide of childbearing age who have lost their uterus through surgery or were born without one.
Source: The Sahlgrenska Academy & io9