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City Hosts First Womb Transplant in Country

Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar

The very first uterus transplant in the country was successfully conducted on Pune on Thursday, with a 21-year-old woman from Solapur on the operating table. The womb transplant surgery was expected to start early on Thursday morning at the Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI) on Karve Road, but finally began at 12.30 pm. A team of 12 city doctors from the same hospital carried out the rare surgery, in which a mother was to be a live uterus donor for her daughter, who was unable to become pregnant.

The girl was born with Mayer Rokitansky Küster Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a congenital abnormality characterised by the absence of the vagina, cervix and uterus, which affects one in every 5,000 women.

GCLI medical director Dr Shailesh Puntambekar told Mirror, “The surgery was finished by 9.15 pm on Thursday. This is the first such surgery in the country. We took extra care to ensure its success. Developing the technique for it took almost three years of research.”

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