Women with Transplanted Uterus Has Her 'Miracle' Baby

Henrietta Brewer
January 12, 2020

Doctors say it could help women who have a condition called uterine factor infertility, which means they were either born without a uterus, had it removed or had uterine damage. Speaking on the birth of her son, Jennifer Gobrecht, 33, said that she and her husband had always wanted to expand their family.

Almost a dozen women have given birth after womb transplants in the US, but most received a uterus from living donors. Jennifer Gobrecht underwent a 10-hour transplant procedure in 2018. "Benjamin is truly a miracle, and we feel beyond lucky to have him".

There had only been one other baby born in the United States from a deceased donor womb. Most transplant programs only accept from living donors, according to Penn.

Some medical ethicists and transplant experts have expressed concerns about uterine transplants, questioning whether the benefit justifies the risk.

"Uterus transplantation is the only way to parenthood with which these women can carry their own pregnancies", she said.

Penn Medicine says she is now working with another patient and is also seeking more women to become candidates for a uterine transplant. According to the news release, the clinical trial will last between five and 10 years and include long-term follow-up after birth, as well as the removal of the uterus after delivery. Because of the risk of rejection, women with transplanted uteruses have hysterectomies after giving birth.

"One of the hardest days of my life was when I was 17 years old and learned I would never be able to carry my own child", she said, in the news release. Like most young girls I had dreams of being a loving mother whose baby would grow in her womb.

Years later, she and her husband, both of suburban Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, underwent fertility treatments that produced several embryos.

Jennifer and Drew Gobrecht never thought they could have their own children.

"Two years ago, if you had told me that I would not only sit here as a mother, but also one who had her own child, I would not believe you", Gobrecht said.

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