Uterus Transplant Resulted in First Birth Miracle for United States Soil
Every birth is a miracle from the moment the voice of a new soul throbs in the air. Today at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas the medical team got to witness the modern birth miracle of a uterus transplant for the first time in the United States.
Many women do not give their womb a thought on a daily basis, but there are now two women that share a womb and a dream. Taylor Siler, a 36-year-old registered nurse, donated her uterus to a woman whose dream of having children had previously been physically impossible.
A Remarkable Gift
Taylor knew she wanted to offer the gift of biological motherhood to someone after watching a news segment on Baylor’s uterus transplant program. She has two boys, ages 4 and 6, herself. Taylor and her husband had decided they were finished having children. Her sympathy for women who struggled to fulfill their dream of having children had been triggered prior to the news segment by family members who tried desperately to conceive. Taylor stated: “I have family members who struggled to have babies, and it’s not fair. I just think that if we can give more people that option, it’s an awesome thing. Once they lay that baby in your arms, your life changes forever.”
First Sucessful Uterus Transplant
The first baby in the world to be born as a result of a successful uterus transplant was delivered in Sweden by Dr. Mats Brannstrom and his team. There have been 16 uterus transplants worldwide. Time Magazine reports that 8 uterus transplants have been done in the United States, and another woman is pregnant as a result.
Dr. Johanneson was involved in the first successful uterus transplant birth in Sweden, and now she is excited about the prospects that Baylor’s program holds for the future. “We were very proud of the first birth in Sweden,” she told Time Magazine. “But this birth is what’s going to make the field grow, because this is the first time this has been replicated anywhere else. This step is equally, if not even more, important.”
The program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas is an ongoing uterus transplant clinical trial. All participants have what is known as absolute uterine factor infertility (AUI), a medical condition in which their uterus is either non-functional or non-existent. The only unfortunate aspect of this procedure is that it costs upwards of $500,000. Hopefully, as the success continues to be replicated, insurance companies will consider this procedure an option for women with AUI and other medical problems that make their chance at motherhood look bleak.
The medical professionals involved in this birth have witnessed countless births, but the awe they experienced today was enough to bring the room to tears. Dr. Gregory J. McKenna, a transplant surgeon at Baylor, told Time Magazine: “Outside my own children, this is the most excited I’ve ever been about any baby being born. I just started to cry.”
An Important Message
In a world riddled by defeat and despair, it is a joy to hear a message of triumph as two women worked together to overcome and re-write an anatomical tragedy. The new mother, who wishes to remain unidentified, will never forget Taylor’s sacrifice. Her dream came true today. A uterine transplant nurse at Baylor, Kristin Posey Wallis, wants women with an infertility diagnosis to know one thing: “There is hope.”
The team at Baylor is currently seeking funding from institutions and private donors to make more dreams a reality for women worldwide. This holiday season, what better gift to offer than a chance at motherhood? Consider giving the gift of hope that keeps on giving.
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