Media Coverage of Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar and Galaxy Care Hospital
Mom Donates Womb to Daughter in India's First Uterus Transplant
In the first surgery of its kind in India, a mother has donated her uterus to her 21-year-old daughter.
The 43-year-old offered to undergo the procedure so that her daughter, who was born without a uterus, can experience childbirth.
The uterus, or womb, transplant took place in the city of Pune in southwest India, Thursday.
The surgery was performed by a team of doctors at Pune's Galaxy Care Hospital and led by the hospital's medical director, Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar.
"The patients are fine. The surgery took nine and a half hours in total," he said.
"The procedure is difficult because multiple large arteries are to be joined there, and veins that are small and short," said Puntambekar. "It is technically very tough." The patient will have to wait a year before trying to become pregnant through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), giving her body enough time to heal and adjust to the new uterus.