“A baby has been born following a uterus transplant for the first time ever in France, the hospital treating mother and infant said Wednesday.
Such births are extremely rare but not unprecedented, and come after a cutting-edge procedure to transplant a healthy uterus into a woman whose own is damaged or missing.
The baby, a girl weighing 1.845 kilogrammes (4.059 pounds), was born on Friday, according to the team at the Foch hospital outside Paris.
‘Mother and baby are doing well,’ Jean-Marc Ayoubi, head of gynaecology, obstetrics and reproductive medicine at the hospital, told AFP.
The 36-year-old mother, whose name was given only as Deborah, was born without a uterus as she suffered from a rare condition known as Rokitansky Syndrome, which affects about one in 4,500 women.
She received a uterus transplant in March 2019—performed by the same team that delivered the baby—from her own mother, then aged 57.
‘We still had to wait a year to be sure that the transplanted uterus wouldn’t be rejected,’ said Ayoubi.
The first round of lockdown brought a halt to all prenatal non-emergency care in France, but the birth took place without any major complications.
Deborah was 33 weeks pregnant when she gave birth, the hospital said.
The first ever birth after a uterus transplant was in Sweden in 2014.
It came one year after the transplant surgery in a case that was documented in the medical journal The Lancet.”
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