A Swedish woman is pregnant after doctors successfully introduced an embryo into her transplanted womb.
A Swedish woman who suffers from MRKH syndrome - a congenital disorder which prevents the womb from developing, but doesn't impact the ovaries, is now on course to be the first in the world to give birth to a baby from a transplanted womb.
The unnamed woman, who was born without a womb, was one of nine to receive a womb transplant in Sweden between September 2012 and April last year.
According to The Telegraph
, the transplanted womb was donated by the woman’s mother, so a baby would also be the first born to a woman using the same womb from which she emerged herself.
It is now hoped she will become the first in the world to successfully give birth following the procedure after doctors managed to transfer an embryo
grown from the woman's own egg last week.
This means any child she has through IVF
would genetically be her own.
“The best scenario is a baby in nine months,” said Dr Mats Brannstrom, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, who led the transplant team.
“A success would be an important proof of principle that a procedure is now available to cure uterine infertility.”
Earlier this month, Dr Brannstrom revealed that all nine of the womb transplants his team performed between September 2012 and last April had been successful, with only minor complications.
Eight of the recipients suffer from MRKH syndrome, a congenital disorder which affects one in 5,000 women and prevents the womb from developing.
The ninth had her womb removed after suffering cervical cancer. Women with the syndrome have intact ovaries and produce eggs which can be fertilised outside their bodies like other "test-tube" babies
Two other women had womb transplants prior to the Swedish programme.
One, who received a womb in Saudi Arabia in 2000, had it removed again after blood clots developed.
The development in Sweden holds out hope for up to 200,000 women in Europe, including thousands in Britain.