A NSW mother has become the first woman in Australia to give birth to a baby from a transplanted uterus. Donated by her own mum!
Kirsty Bryant, underwent a 16-hour surgery in January to receive a uterus donated by her mother Michelle, as part of a groundbreaking research trial, reported ABC news.
Her baby boy, Henry, arrived by caesarean section at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney on December 15, weighing a healthy 2.9 kilograms.
Ms Bryant was surprised and delighted when she fell pregnant just three months after her surgery. The embryo was transferred into the same womb in which she was formed.
“To hold this baby in my arms is a dream come true,” she said
Doctor Rebecca Deans and Swedish surgeon Mats Brännström performed the original uterine transplant and continued to support the family through to Henry’s birth.
“He arrived with a healthy cry and totally oblivious to the fact he’s entered the history books,” Dr Deans said.
“This [research] trial is the culmination of 25 years of collaborative research and persistence on a global scale, so to be able to see a baby born here in Australia is incredible.
“This is certainly a career highlight for me and to see this medical breakthrough creating a new life is quite extraordinary.
“Everyone is so delighted … being the first transplant in Australasia, we are so pleased everything is so well and she was able to delivery a beautiful healthy boy.”
“It was unbelievable, there was barely a dry eye in the room,” she said.
Ms Bryant had an emergency hysterectomy in 2021 after suffering a major haemorrhage following the birth of her first child, Violet.
“After my hysterectomy I desperately wanted another child and I felt like there weren’t many options for somebody in my situation,” she said.
“It’s been a whirlwind year and to have Henry here safely is beyond anything I thought possible.
“I’m so grateful to all the medical team who helped get us here.”
“This gives hope to other women with uterine factor infertility that they can carry a child of their own without the need for other options such as adoption and surrogacy.” Professor Brännström said.
Since Ms Bryant’s surgery, two more women have undergone uterus transplants at the hospital and one of those women is now pregnant.
“Kirsty’s surgery was in January, we then on the 10th of March performed a second uterus transplant; she is currently pregnant at 16 weeks and doing very well,” Dr Deans said.
“Then we also did a third transfer the day before Kirsty’s delivery, and the patient is doing very well.
“I really hope one day this can be a treatment option for women … hopefully one day Australian women can access this through the public health sector.”