The New York Times November 13 print edition ran an article by Denise Grady that announced “Uterus Transplants May Soon Help Some Infertile Women in the U.S. Become Pregnant.” The Times considered the news so big that a press release came to my in-box.
It’s all going down at The Cleveland Clinic, where doctors expect to become the first in the US to transplant a uterus into a woman who lacks one—whether due to congenital factors, injury, or illness. The procedure would eliminate the need for a gestational surrogate.
After giving birth to one or two children—by C-section—the woman receiving the transplanted uterus would have it removed so she can quit taking anti-rejection meds. An estimated 50,000 women in the United States might be candidates. Currently, eight have begun the screening process.
The transplant team would remove the uterus, cervix, and part of the vagina from …