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First Baby In U.S. Born From Dead Woman's Donated Womb

A hospital in the American state of Ohio has confirmed staff delivered a baby born from a transplanted womb from a deceased woman. 

The little girl, who was born in June, is the first birth of her kind in North America.

The mother of the child is in her mid-30s and is a participant in a trail of 10 women with uterine factor infertility (UFI). Women with this condition either don't have a uterus or have had their uterus removed, and are therefore unable to fall pregnant.

The study is testing whether women with UFI are able to fall pregnant via IVF with a donated uterus from a deceased person, carry a baby full-term and then give birth.

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The little girl was born last month. Photo: Cleveland Clinic.

"It’s important to remember that this is still research, but it’s exciting to see what the options may be for women in the future,” maternal-fetal medicine specialist Uma Perni said on the Cleveland Clinic website

Uterine transplants have enabled a number of women to give birth across the globe. Usually, wombs are donated from a living donor, like a close friend or relative. However, giving birth with a uterus from a deceased donor is extremely rare.

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The first instance of birth with a uterus from a deceased donor occurred in Brazil in December 2018. The birth involved a 32-year-old woman who received a uterine transplant from a deceased 45-year-old, CNN reported.

“The transplantation of a uterus into a woman is a complex procedure that requires suppression of her immune system response,” transplant surgeon Andreas Tzakis said on the clinic's website.

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The first baby of this kind was born in Brazil. Photo: Getty Images.

“Through this research, we aim to make these extraordinary events ordinary for the women who choose this option. We are grateful to the donor. Their generosity allowed our patient’s dream to come true and a new baby to be born.”

Five women have experienced uterine transplants as part of the trial and three were successful -- with one resulting in the birth of the little girl.

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Two other women are waiting to have embryo transfers in the hope they too will become mothers.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au