The Globe and Mail | Maria Chen
For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations.
The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s, said it was “unimaginable” that she now had her own child, thanks to her mother’s donated womb.
“It can’t be described how happy we are,” she said. “It’s everything that I hoped for and a little bit more,” said the woman, who asked that she and her mother not be identified in order to protect the privacy of her nine-month-old son.
Dr. Mats Brannstrom, who is behind the revolutionary process, has ushered in four babies – all boys – with transplanted wombs; a fifth is on the way. He said there was something very special about this case: “It’s one uterus bridging three generations of a family.”
Before his breakthrough, there had been two attempts to transplant a womb – in Saudi Arabia and Turkey – but no live births. Doctors in Britain, France, the United States and elsewhere are planning similar operations with wombs from women who have died recently, not living donors. Continue reading