Uterus transplant OPD: More unmarried women seek help

Since the OPD has started the hospital has received more than 300 phone inquiries till date. The registered people are the one who have got donor too. While 10 married women form Pune have registered, 17 unmarried from the city have also registered

 India's first Uterus transplant OPD gets overwhelming response

It’s almost been three months that India’s first dedicated uterus transplant OPD has started now. During this time, nine people whose genetic makeup is different have also registered for the procedure. Also, the OPD has received more response from unmarried girls over the married women. While 62 married women have applied, the number of unmarried girls is 77.

Although the government has not given any permission to carry out uterus transplant for unmarried women and for those whose genetic makeup is different, the hospital authority says that they will soon write to the government asking them to give even these people a right to undergo uterus transplant.

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, Director of Galaxy Care Multispecialty Hospital, (GCMH) said, “Government has not given approval for the unmarried women to undergo the procedure. But, not having uterus is a big taboo in our society. We are waiting for the government to give permission to carry out procedure on them. Also, we are waiting for some more applications whose genetic makeup is different and want to undergo the surgery.”

He added, “Once collect the data on such person whose genetic makeup is different and wants to undergo a surgery we will submit the data to government, seeking an official permission from them to carry out such procedure.”

Since the OPD has started the hospital has received more than 300 phone inquiries till date. The registered people are the one who have got donor too. While 10 married women form Pune have registered, 17 unmarried from the city have also registered. Registrations have also been received from countries like Pakistan, Austria, USA, Kuwait and London. The maximum registrations have come from Maharashtra.

When asked about the condition of women who underwent the transplant for the first time, Puntambekar, said, “Both women are doing well. The woman form Baroda has seen four menstrual cycles and by December we will put embryo in her uterus.” The OPD is looking at feasibility of the transplant and pre-operation counselling for the patient.