The first uterine transplant in Australia occurred this week as Kirsty Bryant received her mother’s uterus following an eleven-hour surgery. Michelle Hayton, Kirsty’s mother and doner, says she was happy to donate her uterus as it will allow her daughter to have more children.
Two years ago, Kirsty gave birth to her daughter Violent, but there were complications with the birth. These complications resulted in Kirsty needing an emergency hysterectomy after the birth which meant she wouldn’t be able to have any more children.
The procedures are usually deemed a last resort due to the potential risks and ethical issues involved. They are also only ever meant to be temporary solutions, with the recipient typically having a hysterectomy of their own shortly after giving birth.
The surgeon that completed the transplant for Kirsty and her mother was Professor Mats Brannstrom. He was the man responsible for the first successful transplant in 2014 and he has since performed the procedure on another mother and daughter in Sweden.
With the transplant now complete, Kirsty is hopeful that she will be able to carry another child. The immediate focus for both women is now on recovery but in a few months, Kirsty will be able to find out if she can have another child or not.
The day will long be remembered by those involved as it could change the way fertility treatment is administered in Australia. Dr. Rebecca Deans, the trial’s lead surgeon, has spoken of her delight with how the surgeries went:
Personally, and professionally, it was just incredible, and I think everyone felt the same. There were so many components to the team – the nursing staff, the anesthetics, and everyone’s saying that they feel the same way.