This is an amazing advancement for those with MRKH in the UK following on from the success of the trials in Sweden.  It has been documented in the UK media that at least one of the recipients has MRKH! Even though this may only at this stage immediately effect up to 3 people, the overall success of the trial will have an ongoing impact for those with MRKH and other conditions which make it impossible to carry their own child naturally.  Science is amazing!!! 

A subset of the article from the BBC is included below, please follow the link for the whole article!


The surgeon planning to do the first womb transplant in the UK says he hopes to carry out the first operations "before the end of 2018".

Mr Richard Smith, clinical lead at the charity Womb Transplant UK, also said that they plan to use living donors.

In 2015, approval was given for 10 womb transplants in the UK, but these were from deceased donors, whose hearts are still beating.

Now the team plans to use both live and cadaveric donors.

Mr Smith, a consultant gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London, said this was because the procedure to retrieve a womb from a living donor was now simpler and safer, with the surgery time cut from 12 to four hours.

Around 750 women in the UK have approached the team to enquire about transplantation.

Womb Transplant UK says it has enough funds to pay for three transplants but will need hundreds of thousands of pounds more to complete a total of 15 transplants - five of these with living, related donors.

Around 6,000 women in the UK were born without a womb, while others lose their uterus to cancer.

At present, their only chance of having a genetically-related child is through surrogacy.

A global review of womb transplants has found that the procedure is a "major advance" but requires strictly controlled clinical trials.

Souce: First UK womb transplant 'by end of 2018' - 5th June 2018 -