Woman to get her mother’s womb in In­dia’s first uter­ine trans­plant



BARODA-BASED Ru­pal (name changed) will be the first woman in In­dia to get her mother’s womb. The coun­try’s first uterus trans­plant will take place on May 18 at Pune’s Gal­axy Care Hospi­tal.

Ru­pal (26) has been in and out of hos­pi­tals through her eight years of mar­riage. She has lost two ba­bies af­ter full-term preg­nan­cies, has had four abor­tions and a scarred uterus. “Atlu se­hen karyu che, have sano dar (I have gone through a lot and am no longer wor­ried),” she says. Her 44-year-old mother adds, “Mara chokri ne balak thay bas etla mate oper­a­tion che (I am do­ing this so that my daugh­ter can have her own child).”

Swati (22) from So­la­pur will also un­dergo a uterus trans­plant at­galaxy­care­hos­pi­talon­may19. She was born with­out a uterus.

“We thought it was a case of de­layed men­stru­a­tion. Six months af­ter she got mar­ried, doc­tors told us she did not have a uterus. What is the use of my uterus? If I give it to my daugh­ter, at least she can have her own child,” says Swati’s 45-year-old mother.

“My hus­band is very sup­port­ive,” Swati, a home­maker, says. Ru­pal, who works as a beau­ti­cian, also had her hus­band ac­com­pany her dur­ing the lengthy ses­sions with doc­tors.

“My baby did not sur­vive the first­preg­nan­cyas­there­wasacord around the neck, and the sec­ond preg­nancy re­sulted in a still birth. Ihad­painfu­la­bor­tions.forthe­last two years I have not been men­stru­at­ing due to Ash­er­man’s Syn­drome. My hus­band has seen my pain,” Swati says.

Both women were ad­mit­ted to Gal­axy hospi­tal on May 9, and doc­tors are leav­ing no stone un­turned to en­sure that the trans­plants are suc­cess­ful. “We have been plan­ning the live donor uter­ine trans­plant for a year now,” Dr Shailesh Pun­tam­bekar, Med­i­cal Direc­tor at Gal­axy Care Hospi­tal, said. “The in­fra­struc­ture is in place at the hospi­tal, our team has per­fected the tech­nique. The fa­cil­i­ties were in­spected by a gov­ern­ment team that granted per­mis­sion to con­duct uter­ine trans­plant,” he said.

A to­tal of 25 uter­ine trans­plants have been con­ducted world­wide. The first suc­cess­ful one was per­formed in Saudi Ara­bia in 2002, but a preg­nancy could not be achieved. A uter­ine trans­plant was then per­formed in 2011 in Turkey, where the preg­nancy lasted eight weeks. The uterus was re­trieved from a ca­dav­eric donor (brain dead). It was in Swe­den that a trans­plant in 2011 was fol­lowed by a full­term preg­nancy.

As­sisted by a 12-mem­ber team of gy­nae­col­o­gists, en­docri­nol­o­gists and IVF spe­cial­ists, an en­tire floor of Gal­axy hospi­tal has been pre­pared for the trans­plant. The first three trans­plants will be con­ducted free of cost.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Milind Te­lang, gy­nae­col­o­gist with the 12mem­ber team, uter­ine trans­plant is most fea­si­ble among non-vi­tal or­gan trans­plants. “Adop­tion leads to le­gal moth­er­hood, sur­ro­gacy to bi­o­log­i­cal child but trans­plant gives the mother le­gal, bi­o­log­i­cal and ges­ta­tional moth­er­hood, thus giv­ing the max­i­mum sat­is­fac­tion.”

Pa­van Khen­gre

The hospi­tal in Pune where the first trans­plant will be con­ducted on May 18.

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