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Mena’s first uterus transplant done in Lebanon

KUWAIT, August 2, 2018

A breakthrough uterus transplantation procedure was recently done on a 26-year-old Jordanian, whose donor was her 50-year-old mother, for the first time in Lebanon.

The process was carried out under clinical research by a team of 6 Lebanese specialists in transplant surgery and high-risk obstetrics, in coordination with a Swedish team of 4 doctors headed by Professor Mats Brännströmand and the Lebanese Dr Randa Akouri.

The donor’s procedure took 12 hours, while the recipient’s took 6, and both were very smooth. The patient then stayed in Lebanon under supervision for one month, to prevent undesirable side effects. She is now doing well, waiting for the IVF (in-vitro fertilization) process, which can be initiated in nine months, to be followed by a healthy pregnancy, a statement said.

A remarkably innovative procedure that is still under evaluation and development, uterus transplantation is likely to change the lives of many women who are not able to carry a pregnancy due to Uterine Factor Infertility.

It is estimated that in the MENAT region (Mena & Turkey), 100,000 women have Uterine Factor Infertility. The trial requires that potential participants undergo a complex protocol and extensive medical and psychological evaluations to make sure she is a good candidate. The selected woman will maintain the transplant for as long as she needs to have children, and then have it removed, saving her from long-term use of immunosuppressive drugs. – TradeArabia News Service

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