First UK womb transplants approved


The clinical trial will launch next spring. Photo: Thinkstock

The clinical trial will launch next spring. Photo: Thinkstock

Approval for ten womb transplants have been granted in the UK for the first time.

This decision follows the successful procedure carried out in Sweeden last year, when the first woman in the world gave birth to a baby after receiving a transplant from a living donor.

If the clinical trial – which launches in the spring – is successful, the first baby in the UK to be born from a womb transplant could arrive in late 2017 or 2018.

Studies have shown that approximately one in 5,000 women are born without a womb, while others may lose their wombs to cancer.

Already, more than 100 women have been identified as potential recipients of donor wombs.

There are a number of criteria which these women must meet. For example, being 38 or under, having a long-term partner and being a healthy weight.

More than 300 women approached the Womb Transplant UK team, though only 104 meet the criteria.

Concerns over the success of the transplants, have been voiced with the news of the upcoming trial in the UK.

Health reporter Smitha Mundasad discussed the issue with the BBC. Ms Mundasad admitted: “For the first few volunteers there is still likely to be a long and cautious road ahead.”

The NHS has been approached for comment.


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