A 34-year-old woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, recently underwent a successful womb transplant in the UK from her 40-year-old sister at the Churchill Hospital, part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has published a scientific paper detailing this groundbreaking surgery.
Both the patient and her sister recovered well from the extensive 17-hour surgery. The recipient is now looking forward to starting IVF treatment this autumn, using embryos she and her husband have stored. They performed the transplant to address the recipient’s inability to have children because of Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), a condition that left her born without a functioning womb. According to Womb Transplant UK, this rare congenital disorder affects one in 5,000 females in the UK, and many others lose their wombs due to conditions like cancer or endometriosis.
Isabel Quiroga, the Joint Team Leader and Consultant Transplant Surgeon, expressed the patient’s immense happiness and hopes to become pregnant following the successful womb transplant surgery. The medical team take pride in their contribution to this pioneering program, with the anticipation that it will bring benefits to many more women confronting similar challenges.
It’s important to note that more than 15,000 women of childbearing age in the UK cannot conceive children. Quiroga and Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon Professor Richard Smith from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust led the surgeries. Professor Smith, who also chairs Womb Transplant UK, expressed gratitude for the progress of the patients and the hope that this procedure will become a sustainable option for those women suffering from uterine infertility.
The ultimate goal is to establish a long-term and sustainable transplant program. It can help women unable to have children achieve their dream of motherhood. This successful womb transplant in the UK brings hope to many women facing similar challenges.