A Spanish woman with a rare disease has given birth to a baby thanks to a uterus transplant in which she was born herself
A Spanish woman with a rare disease of the reproductive system was able to give birth to a child, so miracles do happen. Maira Montes received a uterus transplant from her mother, who carried the baby. The woman was chosen as one of the participants in a research project aimed at facilitating uterine transplantation. The experiment was successful.
Montes has Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH), which involves problems with the development of the reproductive system and even the absence of a uterus. The organ transplant procedure allowed the woman to conceive and successfully give birth to a child. This is the second such case in Spain, Interesting Engineering reports, citing a press release from Hospital Clinic, where Montes gave birth.
The woman received the uterus from her mother, who once carried Montes herself. The transplantation took place in April 2022. "This is a medical and scientific event that deserves great respect and is the result of the expertise of a great team of professionals who made it possible," said Francisco Carmona, head of the gynecology department.
Montes did not give birth naturally because of the risk to her other organs. Doctors had to perform a cesarean section at 37 weeks of pregnancy.
"This is one of the most difficult operations that can be performed, and we have demonstrated not once but twice that we are able to perform it with very good results," commented Dr. Antonio Alcaraz, head of the urology department.
Although it was the second such transplant, it was performed in much better conditions. Doctors used the latest technology, which was different from the first procedure on another woman in 2020. They used an exoscope, which appeared in the hospital only in 2022. The peculiarity of this device is its powerful high-definition lens, which makes it much easier to perform operations.
The fact is that the uterus has a system of small blood vessels that are difficult to work with, and the exoscope makes this process much easier.