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Two French hospitals licensed to perform uterine transplants

Surgeons in full operation at Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris – WITT / SIPA

For women who do not have a uterus and want to have a child, this is very good news. For the first time in France, two hospitals were allowed to practice first
uterine transplants,
reveals France Inter, this Thursday.

Aimed at women who want to have a child but do not have a uterus, either because they were born without – one out of every 4,000 births – or because they had a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), the uterine transplant was performed
for the first time in Sweden since 2014.

Very precise criteria

In France, the teams at Limoges University Hospital (Haute-Vienne) and Foch Hospital in Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine) have been authorized to perform this operation. But many criteria have been listed to determine the patients likely to benefit from this transplant.

"The recipient patient [doit être âgée] from 20 to 36 years old. For the donor, it is between 40 and 65 years old. It is often mother-daughter or between two sisters. It is in any case a related donor, to avoid financial blackmail even psychological ", explained to France Inter the professor Jean-Marc Ayoubi, the head of the service of gyneco-obstetrics of the hospital Foch of Suresnes.

The implanted uterus removed after the birth of the child

The hospital Foch de Suresnes has been authorized to perform ten transplants with live donors, while Limoges University Hospital will perform it with deceased donors. Once the baby is born, the uterus is removed to avoid the problems of anti-rejection treatment.

According to the Physician's Daily, fifteen children have been born in the world since 2014,
following a uterine transplant with their mother.

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