A First: Womb Transplants in UK in first half of 2016

A First: Womb Transplants in UK in first half of 2016

Surgeons will be carrying out life-performing womb transplants in the UK. The transplants to be carried out for the first time will be done on 10 British women. Permission for the trial to be started in the first half of the next year has been granted by the Imperial College London.

Surgeons are having high hopes from the procedure, which can help thousands to achieve their dream of becoming mother. The first UK baby could be born in 2017. Project leader Richard Smith, of Imperial College London, said the procedure offers hope to 50,000 women of child-bearing age and were born without uterus or got it removed due to severe illness.

The £50,000 operations will be carried out on women who were either born without a uterus or who have had a hysterectomy owing to womb cancer. More than 100 women have been found suitable as potential recipients ahead of the trials.

Similar procedures were attempted in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, but did not lead to positive results. Smith said, “There's an innate desire for many women to carry their own baby and this procedure has, potentially, the capacity to satisfy that innate desire”.

Ten women will be selected from the trial and they should be aged 38 or under, having a long-term partner and having a healthy weight. The operation will last for six hours in which participants will receive a womb from a donor who is brain dead but whose heart is beating.


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