A hospital revealed, on Wednesday, February 17th, that a child was born after a first uterus transplant in France, which are extremely rare but not unprecedented births.
This operation follows an advanced procedure to implant a healthy uterus in a woman who has a damaged or nonexistent uterus.
The baby, weighing 1,845 kg, was born last Friday, according to a team at the Foch Hospital, on the outskirts of Paris.
“The mother and the baby are fine,” Jean-Marc Ayoubi, head of the department of gynecology, obstetrics and reproductive medicine at the hospital, told «AFP».
The 36-year-old mother, identified as Deborah, was born without a womb because she suffered from a rare condition known as Rokitansky syndrome, which affects about one in 4,500 women.
She underwent a uterus transplant in March 2019, by the team that supervised the delivery of the child, from her mother, who was 57 years old at the time.
“We waited for a year to make sure that the implanted uterus would not be rejected,” Ayoubi said.
The first closure due to “Covid-19” stopped all non-emergency prenatal care services in France, but the birth took place without any major complications.
The hospital said that Deborah was 33 weeks pregnant when she was born. It was the first-ever childbirth after a uterus transplant in Sweden in 2014.
This came a year after the transplant in a case documented in the medical journal The Lancet.