Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Woman 'to receive mother's womb'

A woman is preparing to have her mother's womb transplanted into her - in the hope she can have a baby

A young biology teacher is preparing to have her mother's womb transplanted into her - in the hope she can have a baby, carrying it in the same womb that carried her, it has been reported.

Sara Ottoson, 25, was born without a uterus because of the condition Mayer Rokitanksy Kuster Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Her mother, Eva Ottoson, 56, a British-based businesswoman, has agreed to take part in the groundbreaking procedure - becoming the first woman in the world to transplant her womb into her daughter.

Miss Ottoson, who lives and works in Stockholm, told the newspaper she was unconcerned about the implications of receiving the womb that carried her.

She said: "I haven't really thought about that. I'm a biology teacher and it's just an organ like any other organ.

"But my mum did ask me about this. She said, 'Isn't it weird?' And my answer is no. I'm more worried that my mum is going to have a big operation."

The pair hope the complex transplant could happen in Sweden next spring - where Gothenburg doctors have been assessing suitable patients for the surgery.

If the procedure works Miss Ottoson, whose condition affects around one in 1,500, will have her own eggs fertilised using her boyfriend's sperm then implanted into the womb.

Her mother, who runs a lighting business in Nottingham, told the Telegraph: "My daughter and I are both very rational people and we both think it's just a womb.

"She needs the womb and if I'm the best donor for her, well, go on. She needs it more than me. I've had two daughters so it's served me well."

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