India’s first Uterus transplant finally become a success as the baby is born after 17 months of the transplant.
The baby has been born from the same womb which carried her mother. She is the first child born that way in Asia.
On May 18, 2017, the baby's mother, Meenakshi Walan, got a uterus transplant. Meenakshi's mother(45) had donated her uterus to her daughter because the daughter's uterus was damaged and couldn't conceive a baby.
And now, 17 months after getting her mother's womb, Meenakshi has delivered a baby girl at the Galaxy Care Hospital in Pune.
Meenakshi, 27, was kept under observation for a few months after her transplant. She was sent back home to Gujarat once her health showed improvement. When she experienced her first menstrual cycle, she went back to Pune. In March this year, the embryo was transferred to her new uterus.
The baby is born prematurely at 31weeks via caesarean section, with birth weight of 1450gm.
While sharing the details, the surgeon behind the miracle, an overwhelmed Dr Shailesh Puntambekar said that history has been created.
This is in fact a very proud moment for India, as figures show that this is the twelfth baby in the world to be born through a uterus transplant. Nine such babies were born in Sweden, two in the United States, and now this is the first one in all of Asia.
Dr Puntambekar is a cancer surgeon, specialised in laparoscopic cancer surgery and known figure worldwide.
“Both the baby and the mother are doing well. The baby will tell the world her wonderful journey.” Said Dr Puntambekar.
Commenting on the labour pain he said, “Nerves aren’t transferred in the uterus transplant and hence these women do not suffer labour pains”.
“The birth has offered a hope to many women who are born without a uterus or a dysfunctional one. Such women were told they will never be able to have their own child.”
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