Woman with world's first successful womb transplant could become a mom soon
I just finished reading about Derya Sert, a Turkish woman who will undergo IVF treatments after having the world's first successful womb transplant, and I am in awe. To begin with, I've never been a science buff, but it's undeniable that many of the accomplishments of scientists in the last decades seem to be the stuff of science fiction. Secondly, Sert's story reminded me how much I've taken for granted my ability to have children without any kind of medical intervention. I honestly can't imagine how devastating it must be to want to become a mother and not be able to for a myriad of medical reasons. Although these women have some options, the fact that Sert is willing to undergo the kind of medical treatments that are setting worldwide precedents speaks volumes about her desire to become pregnant.
How far would you be willing to go to be a mom?
I guess that's a question that can only be answered once you're faced with the dilemma.
Sert's surgeon, Dr. Omer Ozkan, believes she'll be ready to undergo the IVF treatments in about three months, when she reaches the 18-month mark with her transplanted womb, the longest any woman has gone without rejecting it. Ozkan will thaw and transfer two of the eight embryos Sert had frozen before she underwent treatment. And hopefully her dream of becoming a mom will soon come true.
"If I had a magic wand, I would want to be pregnant now. I just want to hold my baby in my arms, to be a mother," the married 22-year-old Sert told UK's The Daily Mail.
The procedure is not without critics who claim a pregnancy could potentially bring fatal complication. I truly hope that's not the case here because I can only imagine what a successful story will mean to the many women whom, like Sert, long to become mothers.
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