Miracle of life

In medical breakthrough, transplanted womb unites three generations

In an extraordinary breakthrough in fertility medicine in Sweden, a baby identified as “Vincent” was born after developing in his grandmother’s womb, which had been transplanted in his mother’s body. Doctors created an embryo through IVF using the woman’s egg and her husband’s sperm. Because the woman, who has declined to be identified in news reports, had lost her uterus in a bout with cancer, her own mother, who is in her mid-50s, donated her womb. Doctors transplanted the donated womb and, about a year later, implanted the embryo. The revolutionary method of womb transplantation, pioneered by Dr. Mats Brannstrom, has already led to the births of four babies. Vincent was the very first to be born this way, in 2014, and is extra special, according to Brannstrom, as the child’s birth is a case of “one uterus bridging three generations of a family.” The mother said she plans to one day tell her son how he was conceived and let him know how wanted he was. “Hopefully when he grows up, uterus transplantation (will be) an acknowledged treatment for women like me and he will know that he was part of making that possible,” she told The Associated Press. The new method is an incredibly unique and complicated procedure, and has been hailed by medical experts as “the biggest breakthrough in fertility medicine since IVF.”

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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