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13th June 2011, 07:31 PM
A biology teacher is preparing to have her mother's womb transplanted into her - in the hope she can have a baby, carrying it in the same womb that carried her.

Eva Ottoson, 56, a Nottingham-based businesswoman, has agreed to take part in the groundbreaking procedure - becoming the first woman in the world to transplant her womb into her daughter.

Miss Ottoson, who lives and works in Stockholm, told the Telegraph she was unconcerned about the implications of receiving the womb that carried her.

Her daughter Sara Ottoson, 25, was born without reproductive organs due to a Mayer Rokitanksy Kuster Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a condition that affects around 1 in 5,000 people. Like most sufferers, Sara was born without a uterus and she only realised it when she was a teenager.

The pair hope the complex transplant could happen in Sweden next spring - where Gothenburg doctors have been assessing suitable patients for the surgery.

The Ottosons have gone through the testing process and are waiting to hear if they have been selected for the operation. If the procedure works, Miss Ottoson will have her own eggs fertilised using her boyfriend's ***** and then implanted into the womb.

Womb transplant: The process for Eva and Sara

Doctors will remove Eva's womb in a four-hour procedure (similar to a hysterectomy).

The organ is then transplanted into Sara.

Sara will need to take strong medication to ensure her body does not reject the organ.

If the womb is functioning properly after a year, the recipient can have her own eggs fertilised using IVF.

Fertilised eggs are implanted in Sara's womb.

The baby is delivered by caesarean at full term.
When Sara no longer has a use for the womb, it will be removed.

Dr Mats Brannstrom, who leads the medical team, said the transplant is one of the most complicated operations in modern medicine.

The surgery is more difficult than transplanting a kidney, liver or heart because it is more difficult to avoid haemorrhages and you have to make sure the blood vessels are long enough to connect the womb.

He also describes operating in the restricted pelvis area as 'like working in a funnel'.The only previous womb transplant occurred in 2000 in Saudi Arabia.
Source: Daily mail