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UTERUS TRANSPLANTATION TRIAL GIVEN GO-AHEAD IN THE UK

The first British baby to be born as a result of womb transplantation could arrive as soon as 2017, after doctors in the UK have given the green light for a clinical trial in which 10 British women will undergo the procedure.

Doctors from Imperial College London have given their ethical approval for a clinical trial that will involve performing the procedure on 10 British women without wombs, giving them the opportunity to carry their own babies.

The trial will be led by Dr Richard Smith, consultant gynaecologist at the UK’s Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, who is delighted the project has been given the go-ahead. Each year, around one in 5,000 women are born without a womb – a condition known as Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser Syndrome (MRKH) and many more women lose their womb as a result of cancer treatment. Dr Smith hopes the new trial will offer hope for women who are unable to carry a child as a result of such conditions.

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