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Doctor plans first womb transplant 'by end of 2018'

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Health Desk-- 6th June, 2018: The surgeon planning to do the first womb transplant in the UK says he hopes to carry out the first operations “before the end of 2018”.

Mr Richard Smith, clinical lead at the charity Womb Transplant UK, also said that they plan to use living donors. In 2015, approval was given for 10 womb transplants in the UK, but these were from deceased donors, whose hearts are still beating.

However, the team now plans to use both live and cadaveric donors. Mr Smith, a consultant gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in London, said this was because the procedure to retrieve a womb from a living donor was now simpler and safer, with the surgery time cut from 12 to four hours.

Nearly 750 women in the UK have approached the team to enquire about transplantation. Womb Transplant UK says it has enough funds to pay for three transplants but will need hundreds of thousands of pounds more to complete a total of 15 transplants - five of these with living, related donors.

—Courtesy: BBC health