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The First Baby In The U.S. Has Been Born From A Uterus Transplant

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Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

A new mother from Dallas, Texas has become the first woman in the United States to give birth after receiving a uterus transplant.

Doctors believe the successful birth will be able to lead a precedent for women who struggle with infertility. Nicknamed "Baby Number Nine," the birth follows eight other successful deliveries from uterus transplant recipients in Sweden.

Baylor transplant specialist, Dr. Giuliano Testa, said the birth is a "milestone" and "a beautiful moment of love and hope for a mother who had been told she would never be able to carry her own child," in a statement.

While the baby boy was born at the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, limited details have been released to protect the privacy of the family, CNN reports.

"We consider ourselves profoundly blessed to have been a part of this study, and we are optimistic that this initial success will lead to many more in the future," the unknown mother said. "We humbly hope that our little boy can serve as an inspiration to those struggling with infertility, and demonstrate throughout his life that no matter what obstacles are in your path, with the right team working beside you, anything is possible."

The mother suffered from a condition called uterine factor infertility, which affects one in 500 women with non-functioning or non-existent uteruses.

Like all other organ transplants, recipients must take anti-rejection drugs for the new uterus and cervix. Mothers can opt to have the uterus removed following the delivery or keep it in for another pregnancy. After the second time, the organ must be removed.

Despite the scientific breakthrough, concerns over the transplants have raised plenty of ethical questions.  

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