India’s first uterine transplant will take place on May 18 as a 26-year-old woman is all set to undergo surgery in Pune, according to The Indian Express. The woman has been through four abortions, has lost two babies after carrying them for the full time and has her uterus scarred.
According to this report in DNA, the womb will be transplanted from recipient’s mother. Two more uterine transplant procedures has been scheduled Pune’s Galaxy Care Laprascopy Institute (GLCI), where the surgery will take place. The other two surgeries that have been scheduled, one will take place on May 19 and the other one will be conducted in June.
A 12-member team of gynaecologists, endocrinologists and IVF specialists will conduct the three surgeries for free, as reported by Zee News. Interestingly, in all the three cases, the women will receive wombs from their respective mothers.
The first womb transplant was performed in Sweden in the year 2012. The recipient had her first baby in 2014, with a premature delivery through Caesarean section. In that case, the donor was a family friend according to BBC.
In order to learn about the procedure of transplant, the GCLI surgical team visited Sweden. They later did their practice on human cadavers in Germany and the US.
"Before going ahead in our hospital, we followed a rigorous process while choosing the donor and the recipient of womb," Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, medical director, GCLI, told Hindustan Times.
According to India Today, nearly 25 transplants have been performed in the world so far and out of them 10 cases have been successful.