Asia’s first woman to give birth via uterus transplant, heads home

This is the first child born through uterus transplant in India and Asia. Baby was born from the same womb from which her mother was born. She delivered the premature baby girl at Galaxy Care Hospital on October 16. This was the first-of-its-kind delivery not only in India but the Asia-Pacific region

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  • Meenakshi Walan, resident of Vadodara, underwent a womb transplant in May 2017. Her had mother donated her own uterus.
  • Meenakshi’s uterus had become non-functional following miscarriages and a still birth.
  • She gave birth to a premature baby girl at Galaxy Care Hospital on October 16.
  • The child named Radha is now two-and-a-half months old.

The first baby born out of uterus transplant mother is all set to go home now. The mother and baby are discharged today.

The mother was admitted to Galaxy Care Hospital and was being take care of under the Dr Shailesh Puntambekar. Dr Neeta Warty assisted Dr Puntambekar with the help of a team of doctors to perform the caesarean section delivery.

The doctor bid an emotional farewell to Meenakshi who was living in the hospital since the last 10 months.

At the time of birth, the child weighed just 1.450 kgs.

Doctors have stated that the uterus is still for the reproduction of a second child. The parents have to take an informed decision within six to eight months. As the uterus will have to be removed, after a duration of two and a half years.

Meenakshi and her husband said that we haven’t taken any decision as such about having a second child .We will think about this after Radha (Meenakshi’s infant daughter) grows up.

Dr Sailesh Puntambekar stated, “When Radha was born her weigh was at 1.450 kgs. Her lungs were weak and underdeveloped, she was kept in the ICU during this time. We had to insert a feeding tube through her nose to ensure that she can be given breastmilk to drink. She also briefly suffered from jaundice. And one day her breathing had stopped suddenly.”

He explained, “We were very scared when this happened. Later on, her but weight gradually increased and now she weighs 2.650 kgs. She can now drink milk on her own without the tube.”

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar further said, “The mother and baby are doing fine. The weight and other body functions of baby are normal. In all these days there was chance of infection and so we had kept the baby and mother at the hospital. But as both are doing fine we are discharging them. They will come here for routine check-up.”

Dr Puntambekar further stated that after the first successful uterus transplant, Galaxy Care Hospital started a Uterus Transplant OPD, at the OPD women came forward with their enquires about this procedure. And so far, more than 700 women have visited this OPD. And uterus transplant have been performed upon six women, so far. And the paperwork is ready for uterus transplant for twelve ladies.

What is a uterus transplantation?

A uterus transplant is a surgical procedure in which a healthy uterus is transplanted into an organism of which the uterus is absent or diseased. It is said that there are many women in the world who either do not have a viable womb or have had their womb removed following cancer or another serious illness.