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Daughter To Undergo Transplant Of Mom's Womb
Australian Woman Born Without Uterus; Surrogates Unsuccessful
POSTED: 9:37 am CDT October 19, 2011
UPDATED: 9:47 am CDT October 19, 2011
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An Australian woman born without a uterus will undergo a transplant to receive her mother's womb in hopes of giving birth.
Melinda Arnold, a 34-year-old intensive care nurse, twice tried unsuccessfully to use her mother as a surrogate. Adoption attempts also failed, the Telegraph reported.
Arnold's mother, Denise Allen, said she worries about the risks, but knows her daughter is determined.
"She was three years old when she first expressed a desire to be a mother," Allen told the Telegraph. "It has been a long journey and both she and Andy have suffered a lot of sadness and disappointment."
The couple has been married 12 years.
While this is not the first attempt at a human uterus transplant, none have resulted in successful pregnancies.
Arnold would need to wait 12 months after the transplant before attempting a pregnancy through IVF.
The mother and daughter are expected to undergo the transplant sometime next year.
Mommy to Damon TS to Kyle 10/07 GS for E and R--WE ARE PREGNANT!!
Try 1--Sept 2010 negative Try 2--Jan 2011 negative
Try 3--May 2011-miscarried at 5 weeks
Transfer 4---PREGNANT!!! BFP @ 5.5dp3dt Beta at 11dp3dt was 164.6
Ultrasound showed TWO BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!