First Womb Transplant Possible in Two Years

26 October 2009 (Last Updated October 26th, 2009 18:30)

The world's first human womb transplant could be possible in the next two years, according to a group of British doctors. British surgeons in collaboration with medical teams in New York and Budapest performed the first long-term transplants of a uterus with a reliable blood supply in

The world's first human womb transplant could be possible in the next two years, according to a group of British doctors.

British surgeons in collaboration with medical teams in New York and Budapest performed the first long-term transplants of a uterus with a reliable blood supply in rabbits, according to The Times.

Uterus transplant from a deceased human donor might be possible within two years if trials on larger animals are successful, researchers said.

The procedure would be an alternative to surrogacy or adoption to women born without a uterus or those with uteruses damaged or removed after illnesses such as cancer.

An independent charity Uterine Transplant UK will be established by the end of October to raise $407,096 (£250,000) to continue the research.