Womb transplants are now being tested in Sweden on nine different women with the hopes that they will soon be able to get pregnant. The nine women who have successfully received the womb transplants in Stockholm are all in their 30s. They were either born womb-less or had their wombs removed due to cervical cancer.
Back in April 2013, The Inquisitr reported about this new form of surgery, known as a “womb transplant,” being experimentally tested. Doctors in Turkey successfully gave a new womb to 22-year old Deyra Sert in 2011. Sert was born without a womb, and received her new one from a deceased organ donor. She was also able to get pregnant in March 2013 after Dr. Ozkan was able to implant an embryo into her womb. Sadly, she lost the baby after two months, but the procedures showed that it could be done.
Now, Swedish doctor Dr. Mats Brannstrom, chair of the obstetrics and gynecology department at the University of Gothenburg, is attempting to take womb transplants to another level. Using live donors, Brannstrom and his team plowed new medical and technological ground by completing all nine transplants.
“This is a new kind of surgery,” Dr. Brannstrom told The Associated Press. “We have no textbook to look at.”
Womb transplants are certainly on their way up in terms of acceptance in the field of obstetrics. Brannstrom and his team are currently putting together a seminar and medical review on how to perform this controversial surgery.
Anytime medical professionals take risks like these doctors, ethical concerns are raised. Especially in a case where live donors are being used, other doctors voice their concern. Adding a womb to a mother’s body is not considered a “life saving” surgery, and to endanger two women’s lives for the procedure sounds to risky to some of the medical community.
None of the nine mothers receiving the womb transplants will be able to have children naturally. But their new wombs do offer them the opportunity to have embryos implanted into their uterus. Do you think women should be able to get womb transplants?