21-Year-Old Woman Undergoes India’S First Uterus Transplant (Download PDF)

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21-year-old Solapur woman will become the first in India to undergo a uterus transplant in Pune on May 18,2017. Mother has donated her uterus to her 21-year-old daughter. The woman, who suffers from congenital absence of uterus

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Image of the India’S First Uterus Transplant

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Highlights:

  • The first surgery of its kind in India
  • A mother has donated her uterus to her 21-year-old daughter
  • The uterus, or womb, transplant took place in the city of Pune in southwest India
  • The surgery was performed by a team of doctors at Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital and led by the hospital’s medical director, Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar
  • The procedure is difficult because multiple large arteries are to be joined there, and veins that are small and short
  • It is technically very tough
  • Granted a license by the state’s Directorate of Health Services to carry out the uterus transplant
  • It will be an eight-hour surgery
  • The recipient will remain in ICU for a week and another two weeks in general care
  • The young woman who suffers from congenital absence of the uterus
  • The mother and daughter were in good health following the procedure
  • The complete success of the surgery will only be possible to be determined if the organ functions normally and the recipient is able to conceive.
  • The first attempt at the pioneering surgery in India and only the 30th attempt in the world.
  • Attempts have also taken place in

    • United States
    • Brazil
    • Sweden
    • China,
    • Germany
    • Serbia
    • Czech Republic
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Turkey

Transplanting a Uterus:

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Image of the Transplanting a Uterus

Image of the Transplanting a uterus

Candidates for Uterine Transplant

  • In India infertility prevalence is between 3.9 – 16.8 % of the population of child – bearing women.
  • Among the reasons uterine factor is the cause in 20 % of cases
  • The uterine factor can be due to causes like congenital absence of uterus, uterine malformations, genital tuberculosis, surgical removal of uterus for cancer

The Ethical Debate:

  • Removing the uterus from a live donor exposes the person to surgical risk
  • Involves too many surgical steps for the recipient
  • The transplant is not a life – saving procedure
  • Why invest in something risky when options like adoption and surrogacy are available
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Benefits:

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Image of the Benefit of Uterus Transplant

Image of the benefit of uterus transplant

- Published/Last Modified on: May 26, 2017

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