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First baby born in U.S. after uterus transplant

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Samia Haque: 2 December 2017: After womb transplantation, the first baby is born in Texas, a milestone for American medical research.

A woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to the baby at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas about a year after receiving a womb from a 36-year-old mother-of-two. Hospital spokesman Craig Civale confirmed on Friday that the birth had taken place, but said no other details are available. The hospital did not identify the woman, for her privacy.

The breakthrough comes after years of attempts by various hospitals to perfect the art of womb transplants, which has only been a success in Sweden. The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio made headlines in early 2016 after transplanting a deceased donor's womb into a patient, but it had to be removed days later due to a yeast infection. 

In October 2016, Baylor quietly announced it had performed four uterus transplants using living donors - the same approach as the Swedish team. Though three had to be removed due to poor blood flow, one was a success. Baylor has had a study underway for several years to enroll up to 10 women for uterus transplants. 

The hospital would give no further information on how many transplants have been performed since then. But Time magazine, which first reported the US baby's birth, says eight have been done at all, and that another woman is currently pregnant as a result.