It was only going to be a matter of time before a baby was born in a transplanted womb. Womb transplants have been on the verge of such a medical breakthrough for several years since the first transplant took place in 2002 in Saudi Arabia https://www.hysterectomy-association.org.uk/hysterectomy/first-womb-transplant-takes-place-in-woman/. Originally tested in rats it was confirmed as possible in the latter part of the 20th century. And I’m sure everyone who has had a hysterectomy will be pleased to hear that someone born without a womb at all has now been part of medical history.
Of course, it gives hope to thousands of women in the UK who have a hysterectomy before being able to have children and who still want to experience motherhood in its entirety. Richard Smith, consultant gynaecologist at the Hammersmith Hospital in London has confirmed that the first womb transplant may take place in the UK as early as next year. Although the transplant itself shouldn’t pose a problem, the decision to proceed does need to go through an approval process first.
It’s thought that if funding can be secured – at present it will not be funded through the NHS – that up to 15,000 women might benefit from the procedure.