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Mother agrees to donate womb to daughter

A Swedish woman is to donate her womb to her daughter, who was born without a uterus, in the world’s first mother-to-daughter womb transplant.

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SWEDISH WOMAN Eva Ottoson has agreed to donate her womb to her own daughter, in the hopes that the young woman will then be able to carry a baby.

Twenty-five-year-old  Sara Ottoson was born without a uterus because of a condition called Mayer Rokitanksy Kuster Hauser (MRKH) syndrome. The hope is that she will be able to become pregnant after the groundbreaking medical procedure, the BBC reports.

Eva Ottosson told reporters: “My daughter and I are both very rational people and we both think ‘it’s just a womb’… She needs it more than me. I’ve had two daughters so it’s served me well,” reports the Telegraph.

The transplant will be the first of its kind between a mother and daughter. A previous womb transplant took place in 2000 in Saudi Arabia, involving two strangers, however the womb needed to be removed due to complications after 99 days.

If the transplant is successful, Sara Ottoson will have her eggs fertilised by her boyfriend’s sperm and then placed into the womb.

The Daily Mail reports that Sara seemed unfazed about the possible implications of carrying a baby in the same womb in which she herself grew: “I’m a biology teacher and it’s just an organ like any other organ,” she said. “I’m more worried that my mum is going to have a big operation.”

It is hoped that the procedure could be carried out as soon as next spring.

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