DALLAS, TX — Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas announced Monday that a third family has delivered a healthy baby after the mother received a transplanted uterus as part of a clinical trial .
The family, who wants to remain anonymous, release the following statement:
“We could not be more grateful for the opportunity the medical team at Baylor has given us. This journey has been the most amazing and challenging experience, but we would do it a million times over to hold our sweet miracle. Our biggest hope is that learning her story will inspire her to chase her dreams no matter how crazy or impossible they might seem, because despite all the odds she is here today.”
Officials say the trial at Baylor University Medical Center is helping women to have babies who have what is known as absolute uterine factor infertility.
The family would like privacy at this time, but they are releasing photos of their new baby girl to the world, said said BUMC Dallas in a release .
“We are honored to have helped this family welcome their new baby and humbled by the selfless act of the organ donor who made this pregnancy a possibility,” said Giuliano Testa, MD, principal investigator of the uterus transplant clinical trial at Baylor University Medical Center, chief of abdominal transplantation, and chairman, Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute.
Liza Johannesson, MD, PhD, and a gynecologic surgeon and medical director of uterus transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center, said that, “Each delivery is further evidence that uterus transplantation is a viable option for women with absolute uterine factor infertility."
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas is one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to explore uterus transplantation, which is being studied as a new infertility treatment option for women with this condition.
The clinical trial team has now performed 20 uterus transplants, making it the largest program in the world.
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