Two unidentified mothers have gone beyond the wisdom and understanding mothers often share with their grown daughters. Through a groundbreaking surgery, they’ve also shared their wombs. (Thanks, Mom?)
The BBC reports that surgeons at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden transplanted the wombs of two healthy mothers in the bodies of their grown daughters. The hope is that the organ recipients will be able to conceive and carry full-term babies using the uteruses that they themselves had been carried in.
The hospital has not released the names of either the donors or the recipients and they have yet to consider these surgeries as success. First, one or both have to get pregnant. Both underwent in-vitro before the procedure. If they live with their hand-me-down uteruses for at least a year without any signs of set-back, doctors will consider embryo transfer.
The hospital reports both are recovering well and are up and walking around.
This isn’t the first attempt to transplant a mother’s uterus to her daughter. In 2000, doctors in Saudi Arabia performed what is thought to be the first successful uterus transplant. However, the organ had to be removed due to blood clots. Turkish doctors also reported a successful uterine transplant last year, though they have not yet announced whether that recipient had yet undergone embryonic transfer.
A hospital spokesperson said one of the recipients was born without a uterus and the other had to have hers removed due to cervical cancer. Both women were in their thirties.