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First Uterus Transplant at Penn Medicine leads to Baby Boy

February 25, 2020


– [Drew] How are you feeling? – [Jen] I feel like I’m totally in a dream right now and I’m having a lot of trouble believing it but I’m really happy and I’m just so excited for what’s going to happen next. I always wanted to be a mom I think it was one of those things where it’s like I didn’t find out that I couldn’t be a mom until I was 17. – When Jen got the diagnosis it wasn’t it will be hard, it wasn’t you’ll have to take extra steps it was, it’s not possible. She can’t give birth. We could’ve had kids through a surrogate, we could’ve adopted, but Jen would never be able to carry children and this thing that was impossible, Penn made it possible. – [Dr. O’Neill] These women were told ten years ago you’re born without a uterus and you will never carry a child and since then uterus transplant has become a reality. – As a woman it meant you know kinda everything to me to be able to have that journey of becoming parents in the way that most people around you get to experience. – [Dr. O’Neill] There is a lot that goes into performing a uterus transplant you know, teams of individuals dozens of people that are involved and the goal is at the end of the day to help this couple have a live born child. – You’re going to do great, okay. When I first like walked away from her that’s kinda when I broke down. – I definitely was nervous but I just kinda knew like okay well it’s now and it’s happening. [Dr.O’neill] All right Jen you ready? Let’s do it! – [Dr. Porrett] So, there is two major technical phases for a uterus transplant in the operating room one is to actually sew the blood vessels from the donor organ to attach those to the recipient’s blood supply and the second other major phase is to actually establish the continuity between the donor vagina and the recipient’s vagina. – [Drew] It’s just waiting its uh I don’t know it’s a stressful process. This is the scariest part right this is the part where things could really go wrong if they are going to go wrong so I’m just trying to keep my mind off that as best as I can. I keep telling myself that these are like the best doctors in the world so that’s what is keeping me okay. – [Dr. Porrett] It’s really important to have great people in key positions when you try to orchestrate something of this magnitude. – [Dr. O’Neill] There is
a contained excitement and it’s really a feeling that I’ve never experienced in the operating room before. (clapping) – [Jen] I realized like oh I’m out of surgery and I had a uterus transplant and I think I just started crying and then I was so excited that something I never thought would happen, happened. – Hi, how are you? – You know nervous. – [Dr. O’Neill] Jen’s embryos have been in the laboratory and were frozen and this morning we are going to directly place one embryo back in Jen’s uterus. Do you see that little flash guys? – Mhmm, that was crazy. (laughter) – Deep breath, Drew. (phone ringing) – We’re calling now. – [Dr. O’Neill] Hello – Hi – Hello – [Dr. O’Neill] Do I have you both? – Yes – Yes – [Dr. O’Neill] All right the pregnancy test is positive! (crying) (laughing) – Holy **** – [Dr. O’Neill] I know I’m going to cut right to the chase. – Thank you for doing that. (upbeat music) – [Dr. O’Neill] I will never have the same feeling that I did in that operating room. Drew cried, and was so appreciative of that baby and Jen got to see Ben and it was just an incredible incredible moment. – [Dr. Porrett] Jen and Drew are just the first of hopefully many hundreds if not thousands of people that we can help with this treatment this is just the beginning. – People talk about miracles and we got to not only have one but witness the work and the people making a miracle happen. – [Jen] Being able to have that first bath and that first bottle and that first holiday they are little things but it’s cool to be able to experience them. Being parents was something we always hoped to be and it’s nice to have him home.

5 Comments

  • Reply Kerri G January 9, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    A true miracle and one many, many more women will hopefully experience in the future thanks to Penn Medicine! 💙 My grandson is a gift beyond measure.

  • Reply JuliaBuglia January 9, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    This has me sobbing …I was born with MRKH as well and this means that I can one day have a chance at having my own child as well…this is huge when all you ever knew was “You’ll never have your own children”

  • Reply Supreme Grand Master January 10, 2020 at 1:22 am

    Are people watching this in 2020?

  • Reply Supreme Grand Master January 10, 2020 at 1:23 am

    Switch parts.. Duh..

  • Reply 369 January 17, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    great history –/-lll

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