25-year-old Sara Ottosson was born without reproductive organs, but thanks to her mother, who is generously donating her own womb, she might be able to be a mom herself!
Sara Ottosson, a biology teacher from Stockholm, England, and her mother Eva Ottosson, are preparing to take part in a groundbreaking procedure. Eva, 56, will be the first woman in the world to transplant her womb into her own daughter, giving 25-year-old Sara the chance to carry her own child — in the same womb that carried her! INCREDIBLE!
Sara, who was born without reproductive organs, tells the Daily Telegraph that she isn’t the least bit concerned about being implanted with her own mother’s uterus.
“I haven’t really thought about that,” she explains. “I’m a biology teacher and it’s just an organ like any other organ. But my mum did ask me about this. She said, ‘Isn’t it weird?’ And my answer is no. I’m more worried that my mum is going to have a big operation.”
The transplant surgery will most likely take place next spring in Sweden and doctors are testing patients to see who is most suitable for this groundbreaking procedure. If Sara and Eva, who have been tested, are chosen to take part in the surgery, Sara’s eggs would be fertilized with her boyfriend’s sperm and then implanted into her new womb.
“She needs the womb and if I’m the best donor for her, well, go on,” Eva says. “She needs it more than me. I’ve had two daughters, so it’s served me well.”
Dr. Mats Brannstrom, who leads the medical team, said this operation is one of the most complicated, more so than a kidney, heart or liver transplant. It is harder to avoid hemorrhages due to the fact that you have to make sure the blood vessels are long enough to connect to the womb.
The only previous womb transplant was done in Saudi Arabia, where a 46-year-old woman donated her uterus to a 26-year-old who lost hers due to a hemorrhage. But the womb needed to be removed 99 days later because of complications.
“It would mean the world to me for this to work and to have children,” Sara explains. “At the moment, I am trying not to get my hopes up so that I am not disappointed.”
HollyMoms, how amazing is this?