Second US Baby Born from Transplanted Uterus

Grant Boone
January 12, 2020

She gave birth to little Benjamin via C-section in November of past year at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.

A woman who gave birth to a boy she carried in a transplanted womb said today that the experimental procedure produced a "miracle".

When the 33-year-old Gobrecht was 17-years-old, she was told by doctors that she would never carry her own child.

The second USA baby born from a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor was delivered by cesarean section in November, it was announced Thursday.

Jennifer Gobrecht, 33, who was born without a uterus, underwent a 10-hour transplant procedure in 2018. "I know that one day I will be someone's mother", she said.

She says, "Benjamin is truly a miracle, and we feel beyond lucky to have him".

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There have been about 70 uterus transplants performed worldwide. The doctors who made the announcement said that the baby had been born since November and that the baby is doing just fine. Most transplant programs accept only from living donors, according to Penn.

Some medical ethicists and transplant experts have expressed concern about uterine transplants and wondered if the benefit justifies the risk.

"For women with uterine factor infertility, uterus transplantation is potentially a new path to parenthood - outside of adoption and use of a gestational carrier - and it's the only option which allows these women to carry and deliver their babies". Due to the risk of rejection, women with transplanted uterus have hysterectomies after delivery. She was told by her physician that she had the Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome- a condition that affects the reproductive system of women. When Jennifer was 17 years old, she discovered that she had no womb.

"That was very hard to hear as a teenage girl who dreamed of being a loving mother", Gobrecht said. I dreamt of feeling my baby kicking inside me. They were looking for a pregnancy carrier when Jennifer Gobrecht heard about the Penn trial.

In November 2019, the Gobrecht's welcomed their son, Benjamin, via cesarean section at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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