By: Pat Prescott
Published: Jun 16, 2021

Womb Transplant For Daughter and Mother

A mother and daughter from Stockholm, Germany, will attempt the first womb transplant scheduled for the spring of 2012. Sara Ottoson, 25, would be the first women to give birth to a baby using the same womb in which she was conceived and carried to term. Her 56 year old mother, Eva Ottoson, would be the donator.

Eva said, “It’s the only way my daughter can have a child by herself.”

A mother and daughter are planning the first womb transplant. Sara has Mayer Rokitanksy Kuster Hauser syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by an undeveloped or absent vagina, and an absent uterus. The syndrome affects one out of nearly 5,000 births, according to the Magic Foundation. Women who live with the syndrome generally adopt or undergo surrogacy to start a family.

“If it doesn’t work, she’s still going to adopt,” said Eva Ottoson.

The mother and daughter were contacted by researchers from Sweden about the experimental procedure. Initially, Eva thought the procedure was bizarre. But now, she and her daughter both see it as they would any other organ transplant. “We thought, yeah, let’s go for it,” she told BBC News.

This would not be the first attempt of such a procedure. Previous attempts though have not resulted in successful pregnancies. It’ll be a challenge,” said Dr. Charles Coddington, chairman of reproductive medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who is not involved in the Ottosons’ case. “It seems like even the animal techniques have not been totally worked out.”

“One of the most challenging parts of the procedure is connecting the tiny blood vessels of the ovary to the newly transplanted uterus,” said Coddington.

Coddington also added that, “Ottoson’s age, and the age of her uterus, would not put her daughter at a higher risk for complications from the transplant. But if Sara Ottoson were to carry the pregnancy to term, it’s likely she would undergo a Caesarean section.”

“It’ll be interesting to see if it can sustain a baby,” said Coddington, adding that it’s unknown whether the uterus could successfully stretch and deliver enough blood to a fetus.


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