Atlanta Attorney Discuses Uterine Transplants & Associated Risks
Uterine transplants from living or deceased donors have given many women a new option to conceive a child which didn’t exist before this ground-breaking medical procedure.
How successful are uterine transplants?
Since 2013, uterine transplants have resulted in at least 11 healthy births in Sweden, the United States and Serbia. This has set the stage for the future of reproduction, especially for women who:
- Were born without a uterus
- Had a uterus removed
- Experienced uterine damage of malfunction
The procedure is conducted through surgery, specifically to remove the uterus, which is then surgically implanted into a patient. Dr. Allen D. Kirk, chief surgeon at Duke University Health System, coined the procedure a “life-giving transplant.”
One real case of success
In 2016, one 32-year-old woman in Brazil, who suffered from congenital uterine absence, experienced a successful birth. The uterus was transplanted from a 45-year-old woman who died of subarachnoid hemorrhage. However, she was considered a good candidate for a uterine transplant because she had previously given birth to three children, had a blood type that matched the recipient, and didn’t have any reported sexually-transmitted diseases.
After the surgery was complete, the recipient was given drugs that suppress the immune system and prevent the body from rejecting a transplanted organ. Five months later, she successfully experienced menstruation. She was also confirmed pregnant after 10 days.
In 2017, the baby was born at six pounds through a cesarean section, according to Hospital das Clínicas at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine.
What if something goes wrong?
Roughly one in ten women of reproductive age are affected by infertility worldwide. This practice could benefit an estimated 50,000 women in the United States. However, it could come with harmful risks.
Such surgeries often require anti-rejection drugs, which could produce dangerous side effects to the mother and fetus. Maternal patients can also experience preeclampsia, which is dangerously high blood pressure induced by pregnancy. This can be harmful to both the maternal patient and the fetus.
When the worst happens, we can help
While uterine transplants provide infertile women with the birthing experience, it’s important to understand your rights if something goes wrong. At Tyrone Law Firm, PC, our compassionate and highly skilled legal team has a wealth of legal knowledge and experience handling both birth injury cases and medical malpractice claims involving maternal patients.
If a uterine transplant resulted in complications that affected the maternal patient or the fetus, contact our law office to find out how we can help you.