A woman who thought she could never have children has given birth to a healthy baby girl, thanks to the first whole ovary transplant. Dr. Sherman Silber with the Infertility Center of St. Louis performed the surgery. At a conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in San Francisco, Dr. Silber has unveiled the details.
Dr. Silber said, "She was a 38-year-old woman who had been menopausal since age 15, so for 22-years, she had never had a period, no estrogen production, completely sterile. For the recipient it was a very complex process of identifying these little blood vessels and reconnecting them all so that we had good blood flow without damage or blockage".
Dr. Silber says this first successful ovary transplant not only brings new hope to cancer patients who became sterile during chemo or radiation, but also to women who aren't ready yet to have children but worry that their reproductive years are running out. He says those women may be able to have their ovaries removed, frozen, and transplanted years later when they are ready to have children.