First uterus transplant stateside a success

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The first uterus transplant performed in the US was successful
By Jason Spencer | Feb 28, 2016
If you asked people if they know what Mayer-Rokitansky-Kster-Hauser (MRKH) is, most of them would probably say no. This rare genetic syndrome occurs in females who are born without a uterus, or with an underdeveloped uterus.

Women who were born with this had a long battle in front of them when it came to having children of their own. That battle has now been made significantly easier.

According to NPR, the first stateside uterus transplant for women born with MRKH was performed this past week. The operation was deemed a success by doctors who performed the surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

Successfully performed in Sweden in 2014, there have been four babies born to women who have undergone the procedure in Europe. While some doctors are on the fence about whether the procedure is necessary, most want to emulate the success and give women the chance to conceive.

"Nobody needs a uterus to live," said Dr. Michael Green of Massachusetts General Hospital. "Nobody needs a hand or a face to live, in fairness. It's a quality-of-life issue. This is in that same category."

Quality of life is more than enough of a reason for women who get the procedure. Including former Miss Michigan Jackyln Misch, who was diagnosed with MRKH at 16.

"I looked at my husband last night when the article came out and said, 'This is so insane,'" Misch said in an article on WTOP. "For girls who are newly diagnosed, it will bring so much hope."

And hope is needed for those diagnosed with MRKH. While they can get pregnant via in vitro fertilization or surrogacy, those aren't always options that are available to them.

Kristen Peterson, who was also diagnosed with MRKH at 16, explained that while she is unsure if she will want the transplant, this type of surgery shines some light on a disorder with very few ups.

"When you believe for 12 years that there is no option for you whatsoever to get pregnant, in an instant that changes," said Peterson. "The option changes it and it makes it feel there's a possibility."


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