Swedish woman who gave birth after womb transplant from mother gives first interview

A woman who gave birth from a transplanted womb donated by her mother has given her first interview.

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The 29-year-old woman, whose name is withheld, lost her womb to cancer in her twenties and feared that she may never have kids. Luckily, her mother stepped in.

“I just asked her if donating her uterus was something she would do, and she just said ‘of course’,” the woman said.

“She has done the most amazing thing that some woman could ever do for another one. And she’s also my son’s grandmother, so it’s indescribable.”

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The woman’s mother, whose identity is also protected, said her daughter’s pregnancy had been an emotional experience.

“I cried tears of joy because it was such a big thing, and I still get emotional when I think about it,” she said.

And the significance of the transplant is still sinking in.

“Actually this is so big that I think I have difficulties understanding how big it actually is, but at the same time I sometimes think that I am a part of history,” she said.

Dr. Mats Brannstrom said the fact that three generations of one family were connected by one uterus was remarkable.

“She has done the most amazing thing that some woman could ever do for another one. And she’s also my son’s grandmother, so it’s indescribable.”

“It’s special that one uterus is used bridging three generations – that’s very special. But in medical terms it’s special because you make maximum usage of an organ,” he said. “It has given birth and cannot be used for that woman, and then it can be put in another woman – in this case it’s the daughter – and be used again. And that is actually very good.”

The baby boy was born nine months ago by caesarian section, making his mother one of four women in the world to give birth with a transplanted womb.

“The thing that brought him here is very unique and very special,” she said.

“We try to look at him as an ordinary boy like everyone else. It’s the thing that me and my mother went through that’s really unique.”