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Childless? Uterus Transplants Coming to a Hospital Near You

by Alethea (writer), Los Angeles, January 18, 2007

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Kidney, liver, heart, and lungs are some of the typical organ transplants people receive when needed, but uterus transplants have been almost unheard of until now. Although the first uterine transplant was completed on a woman from Saudi Arabia in 2000, it failed about 3 months later and had to be removed. There have been no further attempts for such a transplant, until now.

Currently, doctors from a New York hospital are screening potential women to participate in what they hope will be the first fully successful uterus transplant. The most likely candidates for such an operation are women that have had their uterus damaged, or removed due to cancer and other problems.

The interesting thing about this transplant procedure is that after the baby is born, the uterus is removed. Therefore, the patient does not need to continue taking anti-rejection drugs that patients with other types of organ transplants would need to take for the rest of their lives.

Some researchers and health professionals are skeptical of the procedure because they feel it has not been explored enough. Although animal uterus transplants have been successful, rodents are the only animal that has had offspring. Besides that, other critics dispute that a donor should agree before their death that their uterus could be used for transplants arguing about the sensitive “symbolism” of the part.

How soon this procedure will be readily available for the public is up for debate. It is certain, however, that this will be an important alternative for women who want to have more children but for one reason or another are unable.


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