Cleveland, OH - A hospital in Cleveland announced a very special delivery. Not the kind of delivery involving babies.....but close. Physicians successfully completed the first ever "uterus" transplant!
This pioneering achievement marks a real breakthrough in reversing infertility. "To be able to give a woman that opportunity is really exciting," participating physician Dr. Rebecca Flyckt, an OB-GYN and reproductive endocrinology expert, said.
The hospital spent years planning the surgery and finally made it a reality for a 26-year-old patient selected for the nine-hour operation. "These are women who were either were born without a uterus or have an absent or non-functioning uterus," Flyckt revealed about the candidates selected for the surgery. The transplanted uterus came from a deceased organ donor, and the surgery was part of a clinical trial.
The procedure actually gives the recipient a miracle shot at her only opportunity to carry and deliver her own biological child.
With this reproductive breakthrough, doctors are keeping their fingers crossed that the new uterus will not be rejected.
"We don't know whether this is going to be a viable or successful option," Flyckt said.
But with a procedure like this, you have to wonder what will they transplant next?