By Abrigul Lutfalieva

Recently, a Swedish mother became the first woman to successfully give live birth after receiving a womb transplant. The baby boy was born prematurely, but he is healthy and doing well.

Six months after receiving the transplant, the patient got her menstrual period, indicating that the womb was functioning properly.

Dr. Mats Brannstrom, the gynocologist heading up the research team and the doctor who delivered the baby, declared that it was “still sinking in that we have actually done it.” His research team has transplanted wombs into nine patients over the past two years, and in January of last year, they began implanting embryos into seven of these women. In addition to the patient who just gave birth, two other women have become pregnant.

Before this success, there had been two attempts at womb transplantations – one in Saudi Arabia and one in Turkey. However, no lives births resulted.

Currently, specialists in Great Britain, France, Japan, and Turkey are planning to conduct similar operations; however, doctors in these countries intend to use cadaveric organs in their procedures, as opposed to organs from a living donor, as was the case in the Swedish study.

This successful live birth has given hope to thousands of women all over the world, women who had previously resigned themselves to the fact that they will never be able to bear their own children.

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