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First Baby Born After Uterus Transplant in the U.S. Born in Dallas Hospital

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KTXS 12 writes that a woman born without a uterus and given a womb transplant at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas in 2016 has now given birth to a baby. Though this medical feat was achieved years ago in Sweden, this marks the first time it has successfully occurred in the United States.

According to KTXS, Baylor performed eight uterus transplants in 2016, but many resulted in rejection due to blood flow issues. The organs were from both living and deceased donors, and all were “altruistic” donors, unknown to the patient. These uteruses will not be permanent since strong drugs are taken to prevent rejection that would result in health problems for the patient. What this means is that after one or two pregnancies, the organ will be taken out.

At this time, Baylor is keeping more information about the mother and the baby out of the public eye in order to protect their privacy. On the Baylor Scott & White Health Facebook page, they posted a video expressing their pride and happiness over the event which can potentially give hope to women who would not be able to have a pregnancy otherwise. “Congratulations to the family and the care team on the birth of a baby boy!” they wrote in the video.