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Women from Ireland, UK keen on womb transplant after successful Pune surgeries

According to hospital authorities, most of the registrations done at the hospital are from women outside Pune and Maharashtra.

health Updated: May 29, 2017 09:07 IST
Yogesh Joshi
Yogesh Joshi
Hindustan Times
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More than a week after Pune doctors successfully carried out the country’s first womb transplant, the two recipients said they are doing absolutely fine and “recovering fast”. Doctors said that 42 more women, including two from Ireland and one from UK, have registered for a similar surgery at the hospital. 

On May 18, doctors at Galaxi Care Hospital retrieved a 42-year-old woman’s womb and fitted it into her daughter, who did not have a womb. The next day, another woman from Vadodara underwent a similar surgery. 

On Friday, doctors performed cervical biopsy tests on both the patients, and found their results to be normal. Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, medical director at Galaxi Hospital, said, “The biopsy results tell us that so far there is no symptom of rejection in the transplanted uterus. The blood supply to the womb is also normal.” According to doctors, two more cervical biopsies will be conducted on the patients in next three weeks. 

Speaking to journalists on Saturday, the Solapur resident, who is the first in the country to undergo uterus transplant surgery, said, “There is no pain, and I am taking a regular diet. It is time I get discharged and go home.” the second patient, a 24-year-old beautician, said, “I am recovering well. It was my decision, and I am happy I decided to undergo the transplant surgery.” 

According to hospital authorities, most of the registrations done at the hospital are from women outside Pune and Maharashtra. In all the cases, the donor is the mother of woman wanting to undergo uterus transplant. 

“Some of the women who have shown interest in the surgery are from Chennai, Telangana and the Northeast. There are also two cases from Ireland and one from UK,” said Puntambekar, a prominent oncosurgeon. He said this was for the first time in the world that a uterus was retrieved through laparoscopy. 

The recipients in this case will be able to conceive using in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and have children. Both donor and recipients undergo a screening procedure, post which the uterus is retrieved and transplanted into the recipient, who undergoes three surgeries. 

 The decision to go ahead for transplant surgery was taken only after the Maharashtra directorate of health services granted Galaxi Care Hospital the license to carry out womb transplantation for five years after inspecting its facilities in April this year. 

 The hospital decided to go ahead for the procedure on Wednesday after they obtained final approval from district level committee at government run Sassoon hospital.

First Published: May 29, 2017 09:06 IST