Woman gives birth after having her own mother’s uterus transplanted.

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With his chubby cheeks and wisps of blond hair, this baby boy looks just like any other nine-month-old.
But the story of how he came to be is a unique one.
In a world first, the boy was born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

His mother lost her uterus to cancer in her 20s and was only able conceive her son after her mother, the baby’s grandmother, donated her own womb for transplantation.

The new mum, from Sweden, has now spoken about the joy her son has brought to her family’s life.
“It can’t be described how happy we are,” the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous to maintain her child’s privacy, said in an interview with Associated Press.

“It’s everything that I hoped for and a little bit more.”

The baby’s birth was the culmination of a long process which began when the woman asked her mother whether she would donate her womb.

The woman’s mother immediately said yes, and the process, which included a 12-hour transplant operation, got underway.

Doctors waited for 12 months after the transplant to ensure their were no problems following the operation.

The younger woman then went through IVF with embryos created from her eggs and her husband’s sperm. While the first three attempts at implantation failed, the fourth was successful.

After a trouble-free pregnancy the baby boy was born via planned caesarean section.

“Feeling him against my cheek was the most wonderful feeling ever,” the new mother said of the first time she held her son.

The little boy’s conception and birth was made possible by Dr Mats Brannstrom, who has pioneered the process of womb transplants.

Three other babies, all boys, have been born following womb transplants, but this is the first time a grandmother was the donor.

‚Äč”It’s one uterus bridging three generations of a family,” Dr Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Sahlgrenska Hospital at the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm IVF, told AP.

Dr Brannstrom transplanted wombs into nine women, including the new mother, two years ago as part of an experimental study. Two had to be removed due to complications.
He is now working on more trials, liasing with doctors in India, Singapore, Lebanon and Argentina.

Meanwhile, the new mum hopes to give her son a sibling one day.

After her planned second child is born, the womb will be removed so she can stop taking anti-rejection medication.

The family said the boy will be told the details of his conception and birth when he is old enough to understand.

“To us, he’s our son, he’s an amazing little boy and the thing that brought him here is very unique and special,” the new mum told AP.

“But we try to look at him as an ordinary boy like everyone else.

“My thought is that he will always know how wanted he was.

“Hopefully when he grows up, uterus transplantation [will be] an acknowledged treatment for women like me, and he will know that he was part of making that possible.”

In a tribute to the man who made their dream of parenthood possible, the new mum and her husband gave their son the middle name Mats.