India’s First Womb Transplant Conducted Successfully


Pune: Doctors at a Pune hospital successfully conducted India’s first womb transplant on Thursday by transferring a mother’s (44) uterus to her 21-year-old daughter, who is unable to conceive a child.

A team of 12 doctors at Pune’s Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI) retrieved the womb to fit it into Solapur resident, who does not have a uterus. “We retrieved the uterus from mother and successfully transplanted it in daughter. Both donor and recipient are doing fine and are under observation,” Shailesh Puntambekar, medical director, GCLI, said. The recipient, who is married to an industrialist, hails from Solapur.

The surgeons retrieved the uterus using a laparoscopic technique, which shortened the duration of the procedure, bringing it down from normal 12 hours to nine. Whether organ transplanted in recipient’s body is working properly will be assessed only after 15 days, said Puntambekar.

The hospital had earlier planned to conduct another womb transplant on Friday on a 24-year-old woman from Baroda who suffers from Asherman’s Syndrome (scar tissue in the uterus) and will receive her mother’s womb. However, it became unclear whether doctors will go ahead for second transplant given the extended hours went in operating first procedure.

Surgeons at GCLI will transplant a womb in a third woman, who is suffering from cervical cancer, at a later stage. The hospital has been preparing for womb transplants over the past few months and recipients were made to undergo ovulation stimulation through IVF. Frozen embryos are implanted in the womb after transplantation for the couple to conceive.

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