First ever womb transplants in UK given approval
For the first time in the UK ten British women will have the chance to carry their own baby after approval was given for the first ever womb transplants in this country. A team at Imperial College London has given the go-ahead for the procedure to take place for ten women as part of a clinical trial. The transplants will be performed by a team led by Dr Richard Smith and will begin in the spring, with over 100 women currently identified as candidates for the first ten transplants.
If the trial is a success then the first British baby to be born from a transplanted womb could arrive in late 2017 or 2018, which would come as a relief to the one in 5,000 women that are born without a womb. The ten women who will be selected for the trial must be 38 years old or under, have a long-term partner and be a healthy weight. The procedure will include a six hour operation in which the women will receive a new womb from a donor, and they will then be implanted with one of their own embryos with the hope of a successful pregnancy and birth by Caesarean section.