3 generations of Swedish family linked by single womb

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 25, 2015 at 10:11 a.m.



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GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — For one family in Sweden, a pioneering medical procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother.

The new mother lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s. She says it's "unimaginable" that she now has her own child, thanks to her mother's donated womb.

The doctor who is behind the revolutionary process has now ushered in four babies with transplanted wombs. A fifth is on the way. Before Dr. Mats Brannstrom achieved his breakthrough, there had been two attempts to transplant a womb, but no live births.

The new grandmother in Sweden, who is in her mid-50s, says she immediately agreed when her daughter raised the idea.

The daughter underwent in vitro fertilization to make embryos using her eggs and her husband's sperm. Doctors waited a year after the transplant to ensure everything was OK. After four attempts to transfer embryos into the new womb, she got pregnant. There were no complications, and she delivered via cesarean section, as planned.

Doctors in Britain, France, the United States and elsewhere are planning similar operations -- but with wombs from women who have died, recently, and not from living donors.

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APPHOTO LON106: A young Swedish mother holds her child in an apartment in Gothenburg Sweden Sunday Aug. 16, 2015. For this family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations. The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s, said it was "unimaginable" that she now had her own child, thanks to her mother's donated womb. (AP Photo/Maria Cheng) (20 Aug 2015)

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