Womb Transplants Hope for the Childless

Swedish researchers believe the world’s first transplant of a human womb might be a reality in Gothenburg.

This follows this summer’s successful transplant of wombs between rats at Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The rats with new wombs were able to successfully mate and give birth, the project’s Liza Johannesson tells the newspaper “Sydsvenskan”.

Experiments with mice, sheep and pigs have also been successful, and there are currently trials underway with baboons, who are more similar to humans.

The researchers say a transplanted womb is an alternative for couples who can’t have children, instead of adoption or turning to a surrogate mother, which is illegal in Sweden.