DALLAS (CBS) Baylor University released video of the birth of the first U.S. baby born to a mother who had a uterus transplant. Doctors delivered the boy in a scheduled cesarean section.
"When you see this boy, you feel you've done something beautiful," said Dr. Giuliano Testa, the transplant surgeon.
"There was something about this that was so special, sorry, I'm an emotional person. There was something so exciting about this because the patients were so excited," said Dr. Robert Gunby, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Baylor University Medical Center.
The mother, who wishes to maintain her privacy, has absolute uterine factor infertility, or AUFI, which affects 1 in every 500 women. She underwent the transplant about a year ago.
"As young women, 14-16, they're told they never have a chance of having their own babies, carrying those babies and this is providing women hope," said Dr. E. Colin Koon, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Baylor University Medical Center.
Doctors said the womb came from a living donor who does not know the patient. They said they had to keep a close eye on the mother during the entire pregnancy.
Doctors are currently monitoring the baby and say he is breathing and eating well. The family released a statement saying they hope their son can serve as an inspiration to those struggling with infertility.