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Baby Born From Cadaver’s Womb for the First Time in the US

by | July 16, 2019

In a medical procedure attempted in the US for the first time, a baby girl was born at the Cleveland Clinic from a cadaver’s womb. This was accomplished only one time before in a Brazilian trial. Such kind of transplantation is being seen as a promising reproductive option for sufferers of uterine-related infertility. Read more about it here.

Baby Born From Cadaver's Womb for the First Time in the US
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Baby Born From Cadaver’s Womb for the First Time in the US

The woman who gave birth to a baby girl, using the transplanted uterus of a deceased donor, was born without a uterus, CNN reports. Per the news outlet, she was a participant in the Cleveland Clinic’s trial for women with uterine factor infertility, according to Dr. Tommaso Falcone. After successfully giving birth to the baby, the anonymous patient opted to remove the donor’s uterus.

Patients with this kind of infertility are born either without an intact uterus, or the uterus gets damaged from infection, hysterectomy or related procedure, according to the report.

This was the first successful case in the US, and the baby girl was born via cesarean delivery at the Cleveland Clinic in June. The research team said this is a promising development in the field of reproductive options for women with uterine issues. According to Dr. Tommaso Falcone, a deceased donor can donate her uterus, and it can “function amazingly well.” 

How did it happen?

The entire process from transplantation of the cadaver’s womb to C-section took 15 months. This is the second time a baby was born from the uterus of a deceased donor; the first time was through a Brazilian trial in 2017. In this case, a 32-year-old woman gave birth using the uterus of a 45-year-old deceased donor. In the US, the patient was in her mid-thirties, and according to Dr. Falcone, a member of the transplant team, her pregnancy wasn’t “excessively complicated.” She was able to leave the hospital within three days after delivery. 

The process is complex- from identifying the most appropriate candidate, undergoing IVF for fertilization, to womb transplantation. The patient will also be given immunosuppressive drugs to prevent the body from rejecting the uterus as a foreign object. She must also respond to the drugs safely. Only after all these criteria are checked – as in this case – a healthy baby is born.

In 2016, the Cleveland Clinic attempted a similar procedure but was unsuccessful due to the patient developing a sudden complication which required removal of the transplanted uterus, CNN reports.

What do think about the Cleveland Clinic’s achievement in delivering the first US baby born from a cadaver’s womb? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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