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- A woman with a transplanted uterus just gave birth.
- The baby was born at Baylor University Medical Center in Texas.
- The birth is a first in US history.
For the first time in US history, a woman who received a uterus transplant has given birth to a healthy baby boy, TIME reports. The birth, which happened at Baylor University Medical Center in Texas, marks a major breakthrough in the medical world.
“Outside my own children, this is the most excited I’ve ever been about any baby being born,” Dr. Gregory J. McKenna, a transplant surgeon at Baylor, told TIME. “I just started to cry.”
The mother — who remains unidentified — was born without a uterus. She received the transplant from a living, 36-year-old registered nurse named Taylor Siler. Siler decided to donate after hearing about Baylor’s uterus transplant program on the news.
She and her husband already had two sons and knew they didn’t want any more children. So she volunteered to undergo extensive screening and surgery in order to give another woman the chance to be a mother.
“I have family members who struggled to have babies, and it’s not fair,” Siler told TIME. “I just think that if we can give more people that option, that’s an awesome thing.”
For now, Siler has not met the woman who received her uterus, though the two have exchanged letters.
The procedure is still a long ways off from becoming a standard, widely available treatment, but the successful birth in Texas is an important step. In Sweden, a previous uterus transplant trial led to in eight births. The baby born at Baylor marks the first time that those results have ever been replicated.
Remarkable achievement in the field of medicine — doctors in Dallas deliver first baby born of a uterus transplant. https://t.co/sYpZeU3kCQ
— Meredith Yeomans (@YeomansNBC5) December 1, 2017
Currently, Baylor has plans to perform as total of 10 uterus transplants as part of a clinical trial. The hospital also confirmed to TIME that another transplant recipient in their program has become pregnant.
But for now, the anonymous mother and her baby are symbols of an inspiring medical triumph.
“I’ve delivered a lot of babies, but this one was special,” Dr. Robert T. Gunby Jr., who who delivered the baby via c-section, told TIME. “When I started my career we didn’t even have sonograms. Now we are putting in uteruses from someone else and getting a baby.”
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