Amazing, hopeful news for infertile patients around the world! The first successful uterus transplant was performed in Turkey on 22 year old Derya Sert, a woman born without a uterus.
Here is a video interviewing her doctor!
After healing from her transplant, Derya was ready to try and get pregnant. She was in fact born with healthy ovaries, so she went through IVF. After her egg retrieval and embryo transfer,
Derya is now two weeks pregnant!http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/successful-uterus-transplant-recipient-now-pregnant-18948813
Doctors say that she may be at high risk for miscarriage and they are taking one day at a time. But even to get this far is amazing and very hopeful! What does this mean for the many women who because of imperfections or disease in their uterus cannot get pregnant or cannot carry a baby to term? I think it opens up a whole new world of possibilities!
The infertility community talks a lot about hope. Most often, hope is all we have to hold on to. Hope is what gets us through. There is a great quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I keep close to my heart, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." This new medical breakthrough certainly will restore infinite hope to those who have endured great disappointment along their journey with infertility.