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Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother 358

kkleiner writes "Led by Dr. Mats Brännström, a team of surgeons at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden are giving Sara Ottosson, now 25 years old, hope that she may one day fulfill her dream of giving birth to a baby. The uterus will come from a very special donor: Eva Ottosson, Sara's mother. Sara's operation will mark only the second time transplantation of a uterus has been attempted in humans, and the first time between a mother and daughter."
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Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother

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  • interesting angle (Score:4, Interesting)

    by v1 ( 525388 ) on Saturday June 18, 2011 @11:28PM (#36488798) Homepage Journal

    If mom's past menopause she has no use for it anyway, and that's gotta help with the possibility of not needing to take anti-rejection meds too. Does make one wonder just how well a uterus possibly in its 50's will hold up to pregnancy though? Just because you transplant it into a younger person doesn't make the organ suddenly young again.

  • by Seumas ( 6865 ) on Saturday June 18, 2011 @11:55PM (#36488946)

    Fucking adopt. Seriously. Instead of being a bunch of selfish fuckwads demanding to xerox as exact a copy of yourself as possible, how about you save all the money involved in this process and just adopt a kid or two? For the price most people spend in various attempts to squirt one of their own out (aside from this particular incident, of course), they could adopt someone and have their entire college fund taken care of from day one.

    I know I'm supposed to feel sorry for people like this. Boo hoo, you can't replicate like a ferrel cat. Tough shit. All those kids without families have it a hell of a lot harder than that.

  • Re:interesting angle (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ModernGeek ( 601932 ) on Sunday June 19, 2011 @12:27AM (#36489124)
    I'd also worry about the higher potential risk for cancer in an organ that would normally exist for a total of say 75 years, that may now end up existing for about 120.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 19, 2011 @12:31AM (#36489144)

    Dunno about there, but adopting babies almost impossible in US. There simply is not enough to fulfill the need.

    I have some relatives that tried to "save the world" as they put it, and adopt kids (not babies). These are very intelligent parents, one has masters in nursing, the second a masters in mathematics and education. The kids were not emotionally stable when they got them at ages from about 8-10 years old. 30 years later one killed himself after losing total visitation rights to his kids, a second has also lost total visitation rights and pretty much hangs with teenagers doing drugs, a third has never been able to keep stable relationships and therefore has never had a family. As a control, their own biological kids turned out great. They also say with hindsight they would not do it again.

    I have several professional friends that have elected to adopt. None of them were able to do it in the US (one Russia, rest China).

    I believe there is a very strong desire among most adults to replicate.

    Appreciate your cost saving ideals, but not sure there is a practical solution.

  • Re:interesting angle (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Rei ( 128717 ) on Sunday June 19, 2011 @12:33AM (#36489152) Homepage

    The uterus will be removed after (or even during) birth so that the mother can get off immunosuppressants.

  • Re:well ... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by imsabbel ( 611519 ) on Sunday June 19, 2011 @07:22AM (#36490314)

    Made the same mistake in my comment below, before looking up the Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome.

    Scary part: Relevance 1 in 5000. Main symptom: no uterus _and_ no vagina.

    Wikipedia has also the following insane story:
    "In 1988, a teenager living in the small southern African nation of Lesotho came to local doctors with all the symptoms of a woman in labor. The doctors were puzzled, however, because she did not have a vagina, only a shallow skin dimple. Doctors traced her pregnancy to a knife wound to her abdomen 278 days earlier, after she had practiced fellatio on her boyfriend. The sperm had leaked from her stomach to her abdominal cavity and fertilized one of her eggs. This case was reported by Dr. Richard Paulson, head of the University of Southern California Fertility Program in Los Angeles, February 3, 2010.[3]"

    Sounds just like something from House...

  • womb for improvement (Score:3, Interesting)

    by pensano ( 168570 ) on Sunday June 19, 2011 @11:04AM (#36491072) Homepage

    From the spacetime topological perspective, would this make her the first human Klein bottle?

  • I think now would be a good time to begin archiving our important scientific and mathematic discoveries for the future sentient beings that may eventually take our place. Primates, I'm looking at you...

    I am developing a language that any intelligent creature grasping basic mathematics should be able to decipher. Previous attempts seem sophomoric to me, and assume too much (low res. raster of a man, child and woman? Don't make me laugh).

    In the stone and crystalline tablets we should denounce the perception of the knowledge as coming from a race of Gods, and to this end include the story of our great achievements in gene pool pollution.

    Do you have a genetic defect? Welcome to the gene pool! We'll be happy to go through any lengths to ensure you can spread your corrupted genetic sequence on to other lifeforms -- Even if it means growing your offspring in another being, or transplanting wombs!

    Natural Selection be damned; We'll do whatever it takes to not discriminate against your deformities in the bedroom.

    Of course I would tone down the irony and describe the principals in simple genetic and mathematical terms for our successors. However, I assume my fellow Slashdoters -- being of the same culture and language -- can easily grasp the principals I have sarcastically alluded to above.

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