By Sarah Keane •
Published: 10 Dec 2020 • 10:35
SPAIN performs its first uterus transplant between sisters
In a very controversial move, doctors in Barcelona performed the country’s first uterus transplant, even though the surgery wasn’t approved by the National Transplant Organisation (ONT). The successful endeavour transplanted a healthy uterus from one sister, who had already conceived children, to her sibling, who was born without a uterus.
Speaking over a year ago to ABC Sauld before the ground-breaking October 5 surgery, head of Gynaecology at Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic said: “We have a very good vascular anatomises team, a top urologist with extensive experience in living transplantation, as well as an ideal patient and recipient. Despite the ethical dilemmas, it is going to be difficult for the ONT to say ‘no’ with the case that we will present to it.”
The ONT has long argued that the uterus is not a vital organ, and it is therefore unethical to put the lives of two people at risk by undergoing the surgery. While the ONT was aware that the Barcelona surgery was going ahead, they refused to give the procedure their support.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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