This is a first in France and an extremely rare medical feat. A baby was born following a uterus transplant from which her mother had benefited. The little girl was born on February 12 at the Foch hospital in Suresnes, in the Paris region.
A dream come true for the mother, Deborah, as confirmed by Jean-Marc Ayoubi, head of the obstetric gynecology and reproductive medicine department at the Foch hospital, whose team made this French premiere possible: “No need to tell you that she is happy, she is fine there are no complications, she has recovered, she is breastfeeding, she is taking care of her baby so everything is going very well.”
Born without a uterus, the transplant patient has Rokitansky syndrome (MRKH), a condition that affects one in 4,500 women at birth. She was therefore able to benefit, in March 2019, from the first French uterus transplant. The donor was none other than her mother, then 57 years old.
“A huge hope”
“The first transfer took place last July and the patient was pregnant after this first transfer“Says Professor Ayoubi. The birth took place in very good conditions and without notable complications, according to the Foch hospital. It took place after 33 weeks of pregnancy (7 and a half months).
This pregnancy is a hope for patients born without a uterus or those who had to be removed. It represents an experimental alternative to surrogacy (Surrogacy), banned in France, or to adoption.
“It is a success, it is an outcome, it is an immense hope which opens for tens of thousands of patients but the interest of this research is not only in the birth but also in all the advances. around this theme which is uterine transplantation“, enthuses Jean-Marc Ayoubi. His team has already received authorization to continue its work, and clinical trials are planned on ten other women born without a uterus.
The first birth in the world after a uterus transplant took place in Sweden in 2014. The birth, which occurred one year after the transplant, was announced in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet by the team of Professor Mats Brännström from the University of Gothenburg. The living donor was 61 years old.