Swedish doctors complete mother-to-daughter uterus transplants

Doctors in Sweden have successfully transplanted uteruses from two mothers into their daughters. The event took place at University of Gothenburg, where the anonymous patients underwent the complex procedures under the attention of 10 different surgeons.

The transplant recipients are said to be in good condition and are now recovering. Likewise, “the donating mothers are up and walking and will be discharged from the hospital within a few days,” professor Mats Brannstrom told BBC News.

However, surgeon Michael Olausson told the Associated Press, “We are not going to call it a complete success until this results in children. That’s the best proof.”

Reports said that both of the 30-year-old recipients had undergone in-vitro fertilization prior to the operation. Dr Olausson told the media that the embryos have been frozen and will be implanted in the two women if they are deemed to be in good health after a 12-month period of observation.

A similar operation took place in Turkey last year, although University of Gothenburg doctors said they’re not sure if the patients have yet undergone fertility treatments. Meanwhile, a failed attempt to transplant a uterus into a Saudi Arabian woman was documented in 2000.