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Monday 20 August 2018

Groundbreaking surgery sees woman receive her mother's womb to help her have a baby

A young teacher is preparing to have her mother's womb transplanted into her -- in the hope that she can have a baby, carrying it in the same womb that carried her.

Sara Ottoson (25) was born without a uterus because of the condition Mayer Rokitanksy Kuster Hauser syndrome.

Her mother, Eva Ottoson (56), a British-based businesswoman, has agreed to take part in the groundbreaking procedure -- becoming the first woman in the world to transplant her womb into her daughter.

Miss Ottoson, who lives and works in Stockholm, said she was unconcerned about the implications of receiving the womb that carried her.

She said: "I haven't really thought about that.

"I'm a biology teacher and it's just an organ like any other organ.

"But my mum did ask me about this.

"She said, 'Isn't it weird?'

"And my answer is no.

"I'm more worried that my mum is going to have a big operation."

The pair hope the complex transplant could happen in Sweden next spring - where Gothenburg doctors have been assessing suitable patients for the surgery.

If the procedure works Miss Ottoson, whose condition affects around one in 1,500, will have her own eggs fertilised using her boyfriend's sperm, then implanted into the womb.



RATIONAL

Her mother, who runs a lighting business in Nottingham, said: "My daughter and I are both very rational people and we both think it's just a womb.

"She needs the womb and if I'm the best donor for her, well, go on.

"She needs it more than me.

"I've had two daughters so it's served me well."

Dr Mats Brannstrom, who leads the medical team, said the surgery is more difficult than transplanting a kidney, liver or heart.

The only previous womb transplant occurred in 2000.

A womb from a 46-year-old was given to a 26-year-old but it had to be removed 99 days later because of complications.

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