The world’s first womb transplant

A British business woman is preparing to become the first to donate her uterus to her daughter

A Nottingham based businesswoman will be a part of a groundbreaking medical procedure next year when a womb transplant is carried out.

Reports have revealed that Eva Ottosson, 56, is preparing to be the first person in the world to donate her womb to her daughter, who is unable to have children naturally.

Ottosson’s daughter, Sara, has a condition called Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which means she was born without a uterus. The condition was only realised in her teens when she failed to start menstruating.

The pioneering surgery, which will hopefully take place in Sweden next spring, will allow the 25-year-old biology teacher to carry her baby after she is artificially inseminated.

The procedure, however, is complex says Dr Mats Brannstrom, who is leading the medical team.

‘The difficulty with it is avoiding haemorrhage and making sure you have long enough blood vessels to connect the womb.’

The only previous womb transplant took place in Saudi Arabia in 2000, but the recipient later developed complications and the organ had to be removed after 99 days.

Mother and daughter are optimistic though and Sara is unfazed by the thought that she will be carrying her baby in the same uterus that carried her.

‘I haven’t really thought about that. I’m a biology teacher and it’s just an organ like any other organ,’ she says.

Her mother is more than happy to help her daughter though. ‘She needs the womb and if I’m the best donor for her, well, go on,’ she says. ‘She needs it more than me. I’ve had two daughters so it’s served me well.’

They both hope talking about the operation will bring attention to Sara’s condition MRKH. For more information, visit: MRKH.org.uk

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