The doctors had to terminate the world's first pregnancy after the uterus transplantation

Some time ago I commented on the news that the Turkish doctors were preparing for IVF the first woman in the world, having successfully undergone a uterine transplantation. The IVF attempt was a success, and the pregnancy began. Unfortunately, this story had sad continuation – the doctors had to terminate the pregnancy because of the fetal death.

A unique operation of uterus transplantation had been made by the specialists from Akdeniz University Hospital in Antalya in August 2011. But the Turkish experts were not going to stop there and promised to do everything possible to make young Turkish woman Derya Sert experience the joy of motherhood. A survey showed that the patient's ovaries were functioning normally and, therefore, she could easily become a mother through IVF.


Eighteen months after the operation Derya had successfully passed the procedure of in vitro fertilization. However, 8 weeks later, the doctors came to the conclusion that the fetus had died, and had to stop the pregnancy urgently.

Representatives of the clinic say that as soon as the patient's body is fully restored, they will make one more IVF attempt. If it succeeds, after the birth of the child the donor uterus will be removed so that Derry won’t have to take medication preventing organ rejection throughout her life.

On the one hand, if the efforts of the Turkish experts won’t go in vain, and Derya will still be able to carry and give birth to a child, it will certainly be a breakthrough in modern medicine. Thousands of women born without uterus or who lost it for some reason, will have a chance to become mothers. But there is the reverse of the coin. Many experts believe that such a pregnancy can be dangerous for the health of the woman because of the high risk of thrombosis of the foreign tissue, placed in the pelvic cavity. Of course, every woman has the right to choose to risk her health or not. The main thing is that she should be notified about the possible risks and know that there are alternative, much safer ways to solve the problem of infertility, such as surrogacy.