Pune doctors perform country's first successful uterus transplant

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In what is the first transplant of its kind in India, a 43-year-old mother has donated her uterus to her 21-year-old daughter.

If the recipient conceives, the baby must be delivered through caesarean section and the recipient will also have to take immune suppressants life- long to prevent her body from rejecting the donor uterus.

The institute is all set to carry out another womb transplant on Friday on a 24-year-old woman who suffers from Asherman's Syndrome and will similarly be receiving her mother's womb.

The younger woman was born without uterus, Dr Puntambekar said. Another candidate - a 26-year-old woman from Baroda - was ruled out because of fitness issues.

According to the team of doctors, both the mother and daughter were in good health following the procedure but the complete success of the surgery will only be possible to be determined if the organ functions normally and the recipient is able to conceive. "Since they knew about the uterus transplant, they approached us and accepted the surgery option", he said.Fortunately, her mother was found to be a medicallysuitable uterus donor for her.

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However, not everyone approves of the procedure.

Brännström led the team that first successfully performed the procedure in 2014, when after 11 unsuccessful attempts worldwide by their team and others, a healthy baby was born in Sweden. "It was an eight and half hour of surgery".

Twelve doctors worked on the 12-hour surgery and emerged victorious. Eggs were harvested two months ago, and will be implanted in the uterus in a year. But Dr Brännström reportedly said that his own team had practised on various live animals for 15 years before taking their first human case, which has been totally ignored by the Indian doctors.

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, who will perform the surgery, was quoted as saying: "It will be an eight-hour surgery".

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