A woman in Sweden was born without reproductive organs, but she’s not letting that stop her from giving birth — with a little help from her mom.
Sara Ottosson, 25, will undergo surgery to have her 56-year-old mom’s womb transplanted in her so that she can try to have a baby of her own. And yes, it will be the same womb that carried her. (Take a minute to digest that thought.)
If the surgery is successful, it will be the first time a mom has transplanted a womb into her daughter.
Ottosson is a biology teacher and sees the womb as an organ just like any other, even thought her mom asked her if she thought the whole thing was “weird.” She said her real worry is her mom undergoing the operation.
The surgery is complex and is expected to take place in Sweden next spring if mom and daughter pass the pre-surgical testing process. If it works, Ottosson will have her own fertilized eggs (using her boyfriend’s sperm) implanted into the womb.
But the whole process is way more complex — Once the transplant is complete, Ottosson will take medicine to ensure her body doesn’t reject the womb. If all’s well after a year, she’ll undergo IVF. The baby would be delivered via caesarean at full term. The womb will be removed when she’s done with it.
The same surgery was done once before in 2000 in Saudi Arabia, but the womb had to be removed ultimately because of complications.
Ottosson was born with a syndrome, Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser, which means that she was born without a uterus.
“My daughter and I are both very rational people and we both think it’s just a womb,” her mom said.
If this doesn’t work, she plans to adopt.
Do you think this is a beautiful attempt to have children naturally or a little weird and she should try to adopt now instead?
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