Pune: A 21-year-old girl, who was unable to conceive, received uterus from her 44-year-old mother, in India's first uterus transplant that was one in Pune on Thursday.
However, the doctors say that it would take a month or so to determine if the surgery was a complete success- that is, if the transplanted organ functioned normally or not.
The donor and the recipient are in good health, said the doctors.
Twelve doctors at Pune’s Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI) conducted the surgery, which began at 12.30pm and ended at 9.30pm.
Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, medical director, GCLI, told Hindustan Times that if the transplanted organ functions normally, the woman will be able conceive through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), and deliver through a caesarian section. She will have to take immno-suppressant drugs for the rest of her life to prevent her body from rejecting the uterus.
“The success of the transplant can be assessed after a month when recipient will undergo sonography and other tests to ensure the fitted uterus is functioning properly or not,” said Dr Puntambekar.