An incredible story out of the United States, where a 26-year-old woman who spent the last decade believing she’d never be able to have children, now has hope.
The woman, Lindsey, from Ohio, is the first North American to receive a uterine transplant. The surgery itself was nine hours long, and was performed at the Clebeland Clinic. Officials say Lindsey will be monitored for a year to ensure her body does not reject the organ, before she can try in vitro fertilization.
She’s not the first human to receive a transplanted uterus.
Dr. Mats Brannstrom pioneered the transplant process and has successfully ushered in four babies – all boys. Before his work, there had been two attempts to transplant a womb — in Saudi Arabia and Turkey — but no live births. One of the most notable was a woman in Sweden who had lost her uterus to cancer in her 20s; last summer, she had a baby boy, after receiving her own mother’s live donated womb.