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First baby born using a uterus transplanted from deceased donor

The world's first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor was a success in Brazilia.

Eleven previous births have used a transplanted womb but from a living donor, usually a relative or friend. This opened a way for more transplants possible using the organ prelevated from deceased people. However ten previous attempts using deceased donors in the Czech Republic, Turkey and the U.S. have failed. Two more transplants are planned as part of the Brazilian study. "The Brazilian group has proven that using deceased donors is a viable option," said the clinic's Dr. Tommaso Falcone. Other experts said the knowledge gained from such procedures might also solve some lingering mysteries about pregnancies. Some other important problems will have clarification.

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Baby in womb

"These transplants will help us understand implantation and every stage of pregnancy," said Dr. Cesar Diaz. This may help more infertile women become pregnant. This is a life-giving transplant, a new category,” said Dr. Allan D. Kirk, the chief surgeon at Duke University Health System. Infertility affects more than one in 10 women of reproductive age worldwide. The subject in this study, born without a uterus, received the organ from a 45-year-old woman who had delivered three children naturally. The donor had died of a stroke. In the future, patients may be able to turn to organ banks instead of searching for volunteers, and living donors could avoid risky complications such as infections or serious bleeding.

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