Item 1:   50,000 women in the U.S. do not have a uterus.


   Item 2:   Many women have had hysterectomies.


   Item 3:   Uterine transplantation is on its way¹.


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   At the Cleveland Clinic, from the dead woman organ donor, the kidneys are carefully removed first. Ninety minutes later the team of doctors have resting in their hands the woman’s uterus.

    This wasn’t an actual uterus transplant–yet. Only a practice run.

   Cleveland Clinic is on its way to be the first hospital in the U.S. to transplant a uterus into a woman who lacks one so she can get pregnant and give birth. It will be considered a “high risk” pregnancy because much has to be considered. The dangers include risks of surgery and anti-rejection drugs the same as as with people who receive a new kidney.

   Among the issues here:

   (1)  Moral concerns

   (2)  Receiving a uterus is not a life-saving need.

   (3)  The effect of anti-rejection drugs on the baby.

   (4)  As set up, a transplanted uterus would be removed after the 2nd baby (or perhaps the 1st). Hence, no lifetime of anti-rejection drugs.

   The hospital plans to attempt this 10 times, then reevaluate. Eight women have already begun screening to be candidates.

   A few countries have tried this, but only Sweden has been successful with 4 (of 8 tries) babies born healthy, though premature, but with each uterus coming from a living donor.


   ¹ From a New York Times article by Denise Grady in the Scranton Times-Tribune, Nov. 13, 2015.