A woman from Sweden has spoken of her joy after successfully giving birth to a baby using a womb transplanted from her own mother.
The woman, whose own womb was removed in her 20s due to cancer, said it was “unimaginable” that she now has her own child thanks to her mother’s gift.
“It can’t be described how happy we are,” said the woman in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press. “It’s everything that I hoped for and a little bit more.”
The new mum, who has asked not to be identified to protect the privacy of her now nine-month-old son, recalled the emotional moment before receiving the transplant from her mother: “I was crying and told her I loved her and thank you for doing this.”
Her own mother, in her mid-50s, admitted that she struggled to understand the scientific significance of what they have achieved, but said: “At the same time, I sometimes think that I am a part of history.”
The pioneering procedure has given hope to women were born without a uterus or lost it due to an illness or other medical condition.
Dr. Mats Brannstrom, who is behind the birth, has also helped another three babies enter the world via transplanted wombs, with a fifth is on the way.
Doctors in several countries including Britain, France, and the United States are planning similar operations with wombs donated by women who have recently died.
The new mother is one of nine women who were given womb transplants two years ago as part of an experimental study Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Sahlgrenska Hospital at the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm IVF.
Four attempts at IVF were made using the embryos made with the mother’s eggs and her husband’s sperm. The fourth attempt was successful and the baby was delivered as planned via caesarean section.
“Feeling him against my cheek was the most wonderful feeling ever,” she said.
Discussing her plans to tell her son about how he entered the world she commented: “My thought is that he will always know how wanted he was.
“Hopefully when he grows up, uterus transplantation (will be) an acknowledged treatment for women like me and he will know that he was part of making that possible.”
The couple are currently deciding whether to have a second baby before the womb is removed so the mother can stop taking rejection medications.