Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fertility first

From a very different kind of wandering womb, a baby has emerged. More than 35 years since the birth of the first "test tube baby," a child has been carried by his biological mother in a transplanted uterus. The baby was delivered by cesarean section in the 31st week of pregnancy when the mother developed preeclampsia. If the parents, a Swedish couple, decide to increase their family, the womb will be left in place. Otherwise, it will be removed so that the anti-rejection medicine – which carries an increased risk of cancer – can be halted. The proud father comments, "He’s no different from any other child, but he will have a good story to tell. One day he can look at the newspaper articles about how he was born and know that he was the first in the world to be born this way."

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