The Village, 26/5/14

The Village, 26/5/14

Is this the most amazing gift a mother can give her daughter?

Is this the  most amazing gift a mother can give her daughter?

Simone Hills thought she’d never become a mother. “I was born without a uterus and the thing I want most in the world is just to have my own baby,” she told Channel Ten’s The Project. “I was a bit lost. Where was my place going to be in the family?”

Like one in 4000 Australian women, Simone was born without a uterus. She looks at photos of her many nieces and nephews and longs for a child of her own.

Now, thanks to amazing medical advancements, Simone is a candidate to receive a womb transplant from her own mother Marlene who says it would be ‘the fantastic gift’ she could give to her daughter.

“I think it’s amazing that my mum’s uterus which I grew in, I might be able to use to carry my own child,” Simone says.

Simone and her mum

Simone Hill’s mum Marlene is willing to donate her womb to her daughter

Simone’s partner, Matt Stamopulos looks forward to the day they become parents.  He says they’ve got a house and are ready to take the next step, with the help of Marlene.

Gold Coast obstetrician and gynecologist, Doctor Ash Hanafy is at the forefront of this pioneering procedure in Australia. Together with Dr Mats Brannstrom from Sweden, he is preparing to perform Australia’s first womb transplant sometime next year.

Womb transplants are seen as the last frontier when it comes to fertility issues in women.

Dr Hanafy says Marlene’s 54-year-old uterus is just as good as that of a woman half her age. In the event there’s an issue with her mother’s uterus, her cousins Louise and Karese have also offered their wombs.

Women born without a uterus still have ovaries and produce eggs. Previously the only option for them was to use a gestational carrier.

Now, thanks to this medical advancement Simone will be able to carry her own children in the same womb she grew in.

Dr Brannstrom has so far carried out nine womb transplants in the past two years. Not all have worked, however five of the women have had their first embryos transplanted by IVF. But as of now, womb transplants are yet to result in a live birth.

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