A mother and daughter in Australia are about to become womb mates.
Melinda Arnold, 34, was born without a womb but with ovaries that produce eggs. News.com.au reports that, “in an Australian first,” Melinda will receive a womb transplant from her mother in hopes of having a child.
Mother and daughter have already tried two surrogacy attempts which didn’t work and a third attempt in which a friend was the surrogate also failed. Melinda and her husband of 12 years made three year’s worth of attempts at adoption and had “moved interstate” hoping to do so but after awhile gave up.
Mats Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology in Sweden, will lead the transplant team, accompanied by Dr. Ash Hanafay of Queensland. Patients receiving the surgery would have to wait 12 months after the procedure to attempt pregnancy through IVF. News.com.au says “Frozen embryos would be created before the transplant to show a couple could conceive and the recipient would need to take immuno-suppressant drugs to stop rejection.”