It’s a (scientific) miracle.
A woman born without a uterus – who says she “never thought” she’d be a mother – has given birth.
The 36-year-old competitive athlete gave birth to a healthy baby boy in Sweden last month, according to medical journal The Lancet.
The ABC is reporting that Vincent was delivered by caesarean section last month at Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy — and was perfectly healthy, despite being born prematurely at only 1.775 kilograms.
Both mother and baby were discharged after 10 days in hospital.
“I have always had this large sorrow because I never thought I would be a mother. And now the impossible has become real,” the mother said, as reported by The Guardian.
“As soon as I felt this perfect baby boy on my chest, I had tears of happiness and enormous relief,” she said. “I felt like a mother the first time I touched my baby and was amazed that we finally did it.”
The new mother was part of a fertility project at the University of Gothenburg that is helping women without uteruses to receive transplants from living donors.
The women’s own embryos are transplanted via IVF – and Vincent’s mother, who had a rare genetic condition that meant she was born without a womb but with ovaries intact, was implanted with an embryo created from her own egg and sperm from her partner.
According to The Daily Mail, Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology Mats Brannstrom delivered Vincent. He said the success of the procedure was”still sinking in”.