Woman, 27, who was born without a uterus is pregnant two years after undergoing a rare transplant

Kayla Edwards, 27, from Dallas, Texas, was born with MRKH, a congenital malformation that left her without a uterus. Five women are pregnant from transplanted uteri and two have given birth.
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This spring, 31-year-old Heather Bankos donated her uterus through a research program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, becoming about the 70th woman to do so worldwide. Bankos does not know the identity of her recipient, but most women in Baylor’s program have Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, a congenital condition that occurs in females, leading to an underdeveloped or absent uterus. Bankos, who lives in Pennsylvania and has three kids of her own (ages 8, 6 and 3), explains why she wanted to donate her uterus, and what she hopes it brings to its recipient. —Jamie Ducharme, TIME staff...
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On an afternoon in November, a couple hosted a birthday party for their 1-year-old son. As family and friends gathered around the child to sing “Happy Birthday,” his parents addressed a milestone that reached well beyond the room. “It was emotional,” recalls the mother. “It took a lot more than a nine-month pregnancy to get him, and we wouldn’t be where we are without everyone’s support.” Many parents will tell you their child is miraculous. But the mere existence of this particular boy, who just a month earlier had taken his first steps, brings the miracle somehow closer to ...
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Publication date: Available online 21 December 2018Source: Best Practice &Research Clinical Obstetrics &GynaecologyAuthor(s): Mats Brännström, Pernilla Dahm-KählerAbstractAbsolute uterine factor infertility (AUFI), with uterine absence or presence of a non-functional uterus, was considered untreatable until 2014, when the first child was born after transplantation of a uterus from a postmenopausal woman to a woman of fertile age who was born with no uterus, as part of the MRKH syndrome. Concerning gynaecological cancer, AUFI may occur after hysterectomy for malignancy or after surgery/radiation that ...
Source: Best Practice and Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
We describe, to our knowledge, the first case worldwide of livebirth following uterine transplantation from a deceased donor in a patient with MRKH syndrome. The results establish proof-of-concept for treating uterine infertility by transplantation from a deceased donor, opening a path to healthy pregnancy for all women with uterine factor infertility, without need of living donors or live donor surgery.FundingFundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo and Hospital das Clínicas, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Source: The Lancet - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
The world’s first baby born by a uterus transplant from a deceased donor is healthy and nearing her first birthday, according to a new case study published Tuesday in the Lancet. Uterus transplants have become more common in recent years, resulting in 11 live births around the world. But all of the other successful deliveries so far have been made possible by living donors — often women who opt to donate their uterus to a close friend or family member without one. The birth resulting from the case detailed in the Lancet, which took place at Brazil’s Hospital das Clínicas last December, is both the first...
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Dr. Giuliano Testa, a transplant surgeon at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas who led the medical team that performed the first successful uterus transplants in the United States, said Tuesday that he hopes “what we are doing is going to shed light on infertility for women.” “I personally never knew it was such a widespread issue,” Testa said at the TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday. “We should be thinking about it not just as a birth, but a wellbeing issue.” Testa attended the TIME 100 Gala after being named by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people in the world for his rol...
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A second woman in the U.S. born without a uterus has given birth to a baby, thanks to a uterus transplant. The birth took place at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a part of Baylor Scott &White, which performed the first birth via uterus transplant late last year. The baby, born in February, is a girl. The hospital is not revealing the identity of the mother, but says the pregnancy and birth were uncomplicated. The birth is the second in the hospital’s ongoing uterus transplant clinical trial. The women in the trial have absolute uterine factor infertility (AUI), which means their uterus is nonfunction...
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Uterine factor infertility (UFI) affects thousands of women. UFI may be caused by congenital absence of the uterus (Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser or MRKH syndrome), iatrogenic removal of the uterus, or women who have uteri that are in situ but have been damaged by infection of surgical instrumentation (1). Despite advances in assisted reproductive technologies, women with UFI cannot achieve pregnancy, which has led to the development of uterine transplantation (2). In the event that a patient with UFI is approved to undergo uterine transplantation, IVF must first be performed to assure the availability of embryos for tran...
Source: Fertility and Sterility - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Poster presentation Source Type: research
Ten women in the United States will soon be chosen to undergo the nation's first uterus transplants, as part of a study at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors at the hospital hope to perform the first uterus transplant in the next few months, according to the New York Times. The procedure is still highly experimental, and not all of the risks are known. Here's what you need to know about uterus transplants: Who needs a uterus transplant? The new study will involve women with a condition called uterine factor infertility, which means they cannot become pregnant either because they were born without a uterus, or their uterus ...
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This report describes the first live birth in a woman with absolute uterine infertility who became pregnant following a uterine transplant from a live donor. The mother was a 35-year-old woman with Rokitansky syndrome who underwent transplantation of the uterus in 2013 at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. The donor was a family friend, a 61-year-old, 2-parous woman with 2 previous vaginal deliveries. The recipient and her partner underwent in vitro fertilization prior to the transplant, and 11 embryos were cryopreserved. Following the transplant, both the recipient and the donor had essentially uneventfu...
Source: Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey - Category: OBGYN Tags: Gynecology: Infertility/Reproductive Technologies Source Type: research
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