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Medical breakthroughs

Go-ahead for uterine transplant in Sweden

A hospital in Gothenburg will likely be the first in Europe to perform a uterine transplant, reports newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

An ethical review board has given Sahlgrenska hospital approval to go ahead with the procedure.

In the first stage, the hospital is preparing for six operations. Ten pairs of donors and recipients are cleared and ready for the transplant.

Turkey announced last year that they had performed what is considered to be the first ever successful uterine transplant. A 21-year-old woman received a uterus from a dead patient at the University hospital in the Antalya province last August.

However, an organ transfer eleven years ago in Saudi Arabia was a failure, after the uterus was destroyed by blood clots.

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