India's first womb transplant is about to take place at a Pune hospital where a woman is donating her womb to her 21-year-old daughter, who's unable to conceive.
The institute is all set to carry out another womb transplant on Friday on a 24-year-old woman who suffers from Asherman's Syndrome and will similarly be receiving her mother's womb.
A team of 12 doctors led by Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar conducted the surgery which began at noon on Thursday and lasted for a little over nine hours at Pune's Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute.
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Supporters of uterus transplantation argue that no major surgery comes without side-effects, but they must keep in mind that womb transplantation is not about saving lives over potential complications and irreparable health damage. It took India 11 years to perform the same surgery, which was undertaken at King Edward Memorial Hospital at Mumbai in May 1965.
Earlier, Dr. Puntambekar said the recipient would remain in the ICU for a week and for a fortnight in the general care following the surgery.
The recipient woman would be able to menstruate normally and be able to conceive. The procedure of harvesting uterus was done through small incision laparoscopically and transplanted in the receiptant.
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Since the nerves are not transplanted with the uterus, the mother-to-be does not feel the baby kicking in her womb. Critics from the medical fraternity and the media speculated that Ram won't survive for more than three months.Ram lived for 15 more years.He eventually succumbed to brain tumour.Kidney:The first successful live kidney transplant of the world between two patients was performed by Dr Joseph Murray on December 23, 1954, at Brigham Hospital in Boston, for which he received a Nobel Prize.
What's equally worrying are the red flags raised about the Pune surgery by Dr Mats Brännström, who pioneered womb transplantation in Sweden in 2012 and delivered the first baby from a transplanted womb in 2014. Here are few interesting facts about the first uterine transplant in India.
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