In this day and age, many women struggle with infertility. And, unfortunately, for a lot of these women, after spending much time, emotional energy, and effort on trying to conceive children, they are forced to give up on the idea of having a child of their own. Many of these women turn to adoption or surrogate mothers instead, and though there are other options, it is still sad to see them not be able to achieve the one thing they want in this world- a birth child of their own. One fortunate and brave woman, however, just took a step toward changing all that.
This woman is the very first person, in the history of the United States, to undergo a uterus transplant. Like so many other women, she said that she prayed for years to have a child and that she tried every possible option to become pregnant. Now, after a successful womb transplant, she says that all she feels is grateful- grateful to God, to the donor’s family, and to the surgeons who have made her dream possible.
The woman, who is being identified only as “Lindsey” for the sake of privacy, is 26 years old. She just recently underwent the surgery and is still under the careful watch of doctors and surgeons. However, by all appearances, she seems to be recovering well. And, while Lindsey may be the first brave pioneer to try out this surgery, doctors are hoping that she won’t be the last.
In fact, as long as everything goes according to plan, doctors are hoping to get the surgery approved for use on other women who have found themselves in Lindsey’s situation. They are especially hopeful that the surgery will be able to help women who were born without a uterus or who have lost this vital body part due to disease or sickness.
So far, Lindsey is advocating the surgery without fail and expresses no regret that she had it. She even appeared at a news conference recently where she expressed her joy that she now has the potential to get pregnant.
And, though all involved are hopeful that things will turn out well, things definitely are still at the potential stages. Lindsey must wait at least one year to attempt to get pregnant. Doctors want to ensure that the transplant takes and that Lindsey and her new uterus are healthy enough to endure pregnancy before it is attempted.
Once she is approved and deemed “healthy,” her pregnancy will take place through in vitro fertilization, a process which will implant Lindsey’s own fertilized eggs into her body. She will be carefully monitored during this process, not just for her own health but also so that researchers can determine whether this transplant could work for other women in similar situations.
And, while Lindsey may be the first in the nation to undergo a womb transplant, she is not entirely alone. Other women around the world have tried out the surgery before her, including women in Sweden, all of whom delivered healthy babies as a result of the procedure.
No matter what happens, one thing is for sure: Lindsey is a brave woman who has potentially opened up a world of possibilities for other women who struggle with fertility.