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First Healthy baby born from a dead woman’s transplanted womb

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A healthy baby girl has been born using a womb transplanted from a dead body.

The 10-hour transplant operation – and later fertility treatment – took place in São Paolo, Brazil, in 2016. The mother, 32, was born without a womb.

There have been 39 womb transplants using a live donor, including mothers donating their womb to their daughter, resulting in 11 babies.

But the 10 previous transplants from a dead donor have failed or resulted in miscarriage.

In this case, the womb donor was a mother of three in her mid-40s who died from bleeding on the brain.

The 32-year-old recipient was born without a uterus as a result of a rare syndrome, which affects about one in every 4,500 women and results in the vagina and uterus (womb) failing to form properly.

However, her ovaries were fine. And doctors were able to remove eggs, fertilise them with the father to be’s sperm and freeze them.

The woman was given drugs that weakened her immune system to prevent her body attacking and rejecting the transplant.

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