Daughter to get mother's womb in revolutionary op
Published 13/06/2011 | 05:00
A UK woman is preparing to become the first person in the world to have her womb transplanted into her daughter.
Eva Ottosson (56) has agreed to take part in a groundbreaking medical procedure, which, if successful, could see her donate her uterus to her daughter, Sara.
Doctors hope that if the transplant is successful, Sara (25), who was born without reproductive organs, could become pregnant and carry a child in the same womb from which she herself was born.
It is hoped the complex transplant operation could take place as early as next spring in Sweden.
Mrs Ottosson, who runs a lighting business in Nottingham, said: "My daughter and I are both very rational people and we both think 'it's just a womb'."
The only previous womb transplant took place in Saudi Arabia in 2000 when a 26-year-old woman, who had lost her uterus because to haemorrhage, received a donated womb.
However, the recipient developed problems and the womb had to be removed after 99 days.
Sara has a condition called Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser syndrome, which affects around one in 5,000 women, and means she was born without a uterus. (© Daily Telegraph, London)