This Revolutionary Procedure Helped This Woman to Become the First Person to Ever Give Birth THIS Way
Many people worldwide deal with issues related to infertility, but as medical science becomes more advanced, new treatments offer hope to some. One couple in Sweden was able to successfully have a child after a revolutionary new procedure. After taking part in an experimental research project at the University of Gothenburg, Malin Stenberg gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
Though Malin had always wanted to have a child with her boyfriend Claes Nilsson, Malin was unfortunately born with Rokitansky Syndrome. This genetic condition causes women to be born with a vagina or a uterus. While surgery can be used to create artificial vaginas, up until now, there was no way to replace the missing uterus. Claess wanted to have a child with Malin, so he managed to get her accepted into a risky research project run by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Malin was one of just nine women selected for this medical study.
The purpose of the study was to determine if it was possible for a donor uterus to be implanted successfully in a woman. A donated uterus from a dead person is typically rejected, so Malin had to find someone who was willing to give up their uterus while still alive. Eventually, a family friend, 61-year-old Ewa Rosen, decided she would donate her uterus to Malin because Ewa no longer needed it. The transplantation was a success, and just 43 days after the surgery, Malin had a menstrual cycle for the first time in her life at the age of 37.
After the operation was shown to be successful, Malin began trying to get pregnant by having fertilised eggs implanted in her new uterus. It took a year of trying, but the couple eventually reported that Malin was pregnant. The baby developed normally until the 31st week of Malin’s pregnancy, when she had a C-section delivery. He is now a happy, healthy one year old named Vincent, and his godmother is Ewa Rosen. Malin says, “it feels like we went from nothing at all to having this wonderful boy…We are more than happy with this. I couldn’t wish for more.”
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Malin is not the only woman in the study to successfully have a pregnancy. Seven out of the nine women were able to accept a donated uterus without their bodies rejecting the organ. Out of these seven women, four of them were able to successfully give birth, giving the study a success rate of almost 50 percent. Most of the women, including Malin, later chose to have the donor uterus removed because they no longer wanted to take all of the artificial hormones necessary to maintain the donated organ.
This procedure is still in experimental stages, so there are still many risks involved. It is very expensive, so many women cannot afford the procedure, and it can be hard to find a person who is willing to donate their uterus. The procedure is also medically dangerous because a person can become very sick if their body rejects a donated organ. Even after a successful transplant, there is some medical risk due to the high levels of hormones and immunosuppressant drugs required to maintain the donated uterus. However, it still gives hope to many women who are unable to become pregnant because their uterus is missing or damaged. Hopefully, with more research, the risks of this procedure will become diminished, and more women may be able to give birth after a successful uterine transplant.