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Mother Donates Uterus To Daughter, First Womb Transplant In India

A 21-year-old woman was born without a uterus, and in a significant step towards helping women who cannot conceive due to various medical reasons become mothers, surgeons at Pune's Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute successfully conducted India's first womb transplant operation on her after her 41-year-old mother donated her uterus.

Next 48 hours crucial in determining the true success

Earlier, a Baroda based 26-year-old woman had come forward to donate her organ but was ruled out because of fitness issues. Through minimally invasive surgery, doctors took over four hours to retrieve the uterus from the mother. The next 48 hours will be crucial in determining the true success of the surgery, said the doctors. The condition of the daughter and the mother is stable.

Around 80 percent of the retrieval of organ was done laparoscopically 

The first case always takes time and in the case of this 21-year-old girl who was born without a uterus, we had to recreate the blood supply before fitting the womb that was donated by her 41-year-old mother," Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, whose team performed the tricky operation, told the Indian Express. "Around 80 percent of the retrieval of organ was done laparoscopically and only towards the tail end of the surgery when we had to take out the organ from donor's body that we adopted open surgery method by taking a small incision so that vessels supplying blood to the uterus are not squeezed and damaged,"

Swedish surgeon disapproves the procedure

The world's first successful uterus transplant surgery was conducted by a Swedish Dr Mats Brännström in 2012, but he disapproves the procedure saying that Pune hospital had "no proper preparations at all" to conduct the complicated surgery. "What is planned in Pune is a dangerous escapade of surgical cowboys wanting to be the first in their country and to get (worldwide) publicity and fame easy," Dr Brännström, told.