Women with transplanted uterus gives birth to ‘miracle’ baby

Second US baby born after uterus transplant from deceased donor

Early Thursday morning it was announced that Benjamin Gobrecht was born following a uterine transplant from a deceased donor-this is a first for the Philadelphia area and only the second time a uterine transplant birth has happened in the country.

Jennifer Gobrecht, pictured with her husband, was born without a uterus and found out at age 17 that she would never be able to carry a child. The womb came from a deceased donor. "Now, here we are with our attractive baby boy, Benjamin Thomas Gobrecht", she said. "Benjamin is a ideal miracle".

There have been about 70 uterus transplants performed worldwide. However, most of these women have received a uterus from a living donor.

Some medical ethicists and transplant experts have expressed concern about uterine transplants and wondered if the benefit justifies the risk.

These women are left with only a few options to parenthood including adoption, surrogacy, the use of a gestational carrier and uterus transplantation. According to the news release, the clinical trial will last between five and 10 years and include long-term follow-up after birth, as well as the removal of the uterus after delivery. Because of the risk of rejection, women with transplanted uteruses have hysterectomies after giving birth.

She was born with a rare condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, or MRKH, and never got her period. Gobrecht said that learning of her condition on that day was one of the hardest things she has had to deal with. Like most young girls I had dreams of being a loving mother whose baby would grow in her womb.

Years later, she and her husband, both of suburban Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, underwent fertility treatments that produced several embryos. They were looking for a pregnancy carrier when Jennifer Gobrecht heard about the Penn trial.

Benjamin was born via Cesarean section in November.

When the 33-year-old Gobrecht was 17-years-old, she was told by doctors that she would never carry her own child. "But here I am".

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