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India's first womb transplant successful in Pune; mother donates uterus to daughter

19 May 2017

Doctors at a Pune hospital will conduct India's first womb transplant on Thursday when they transfer a mother's uterus to her 21-year-old daughter.

The hospital will conduct another womb transplant on Friday on a 24-year-old woman from Baroda who suffers from Asherman's Syndrome (scar tissue in the uterus) and will receive her mother's womb.

"Before going ahead in our hospital, we followed a rigorous process while choosing the donor and the recipient of womb", Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, medical director, GCLI, told Hindustan Times.

Though the condition of the daughter and the mother is stable, however, the next 48 hours will be crucial in determining the true success of the surgery, according to doctors.

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Whether the organ transplanted in recipient's body is working properly will be assessed only after 15 days, said Puntambekar.

Pune's Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI), where the surgery was done, has been granted a licence by the state's Directorate of Health Services to carry out the uterus transplant. "During this period, the transplanted uterus will be studied nearly every day".

The surgery has opened up another way to motherhood besides surrogacy or adoption for Indian women who do not have a uterus, or who have a uterus that does not function. The complicated surgery took nine hours.

The recipient gave birth to a premature baby a couple of years later, a BBC report read.

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If the surgery is successful, both the recipients will be able to conceive using in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and have children.

India's first womb transplant has been successfully performed by a team of doctors on Thursday.

Once the donor conceives, she'll be able to deliver the baby through Caesarean section and has to take the immune-suppressants to prevent rejection of the uterus.

The woman from Akkalkot in Solapur was not the first choice though. The transplant is a significant step towards helping women who can not conceive due to various medical reasons, become mothers.

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Some experts have expressed concern about the operations, terming them an invasive surgical procedure fraught with risks.

India's first womb transplant successful in Pune; mother donates uterus to daughter