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country’s first uterus transplant will take place on May 18 at Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital

 

India is all set to have its first uterine transplant as a 26-year-old Baroda-based woman will undergo the surgery in Pune on 18 May,  The woman has suffered four abortions, lost two two babies after carrying them full.

Baroda-based Meena (name changed) will be the first woman in India to get her mother’s womb. The country’s first uterus transplant will take place on May 18 at Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital. Meena (26) has been in and out of hospitals through her eight years of marriage. She has lost two babies after full-term pregnancies, has had four abortions and a scarred uterus. “Atlu sehen karyu che, have sano dar (I have gone through a lot and am no longer worried),” she says. Her 44-year-old mother adds, “Mara chokri ne balak thay bas etla mate operation che (I am doing this so that my daughter can have her own child).”

Swati (22) from Solapur will also undergo a uterus transplant at Galaxy Care Hospital on May 19. She was born without a uterus.

A total of 25 uterine transplants have been conducted worldwide. The first successful one was performed in Saudi Arabia in 2002, but a pregnancy could not be achieved. A uterine transplant was then performed in 2011 in Turkey, where the pregnancy lasted eight weeks. The uterus was retrieved from a cadaveric donor (brain dead)

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