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India's first uterus transplant successfully carried out in Pune hospital

India's first womb transplant: Pune woman donates her womb to daughter Inspired doctors successfully carried out India's first womb transplant at Pune hospital
Cris De Lacerda | 19 May, 2017, 20:47

The daughter was born without a uterus and her mother took the decision to help her experience childbirth.

The surgery started on Friday afternoon and doctors may take at least 10 hours to complete it.

The operations are meant to help women who want to conceive but can not because they were born without a uterus, suffered damage to it or had to have it removed.

Twelve doctors worked on the 12-hour surgery and emerged victorious.

The surgery was the first of its kind in India and was performed by a team of doctors at Pune's Galaxy Care Hospital in the city of Pune in south-west India.

Why should donors and recipients go through all the physical stress when there is an easier way to have genetically-related children, such as surrogacy, which is legal and widely-accepted.

India's first womb transplant by transferring a mother's uterus to her 21-year-old daughter, a doctor said both donor and recipient are stable and are doing fine on Friday morning. The procedure of harvesting uterus was done through small incision laparoscopically and transplanted in the receiptant.

She will also undergo an IVF procedure a year later which will enable her to have a baby.

"During this period, the transplanted uterus will be studied", he said. He led the world's first successful uterus transplant in Sweden in 2012 and the recipient of that operation gave birth to the world's first baby from a transplanted uterus in 2014. The first words of Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, head of surgery, were: "The surgery was successful and we are ecstatic". Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, who has done heart, lung and kidney transplants, assisted Puntambekar.

Dr Mats Brännström, the head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Sweden's Sahlgrenska Academy under University of Gothenburg, said: "What is planned in Pune is a risky escapade of surgical cowboys wanting to be the first in their country and to get [worldwide] publicity and fame easy".

The first two womb transplants are being done free although the cost of the procedure is around Rs7-8 lakh, according to the hospital.