Emile herself described the ground braking medical procedure as “like science fiction”.
The extraordinary story of Emile’s “sci fi” route to motherhood is made all the more amazing by the fact that the uterus Emile received was donated to her by her own mother. This means that both Emile and her son were born from the same womb.
Emile described the ground breaking medical procedure as “like science fiction”.
According to the exclusive interview granted to Associated Press, Emile bravely agreed to go public and share her story in the hope that other women with similar conditions, and families who are currently struggling to conceive will be inspired and encouraged by her extrodinary story.
Emile said “I hope this will be a reality for everyone that needs it”.
After failing to start her period aged 15, Emile discovered she had been born without a womb and was told she would never be able to carry her own children. Undeterred Emile began investigating the ground braking research being conducted by Swedish doctor, Mats Brannstrom, into the possibility womb tansplants. She approached him and after many tests was accepted to take part in the first clincal trial of this revolutionary operation.
Dr. Mats Brannstrom is currently the only person in the world to successfully deliver babies using this surgery. According to the Associated Press, Dr. Brannstrom, “believes the operation will one day be common” and is currently working with other leading international medical institutions to perfect the operation.
According to the Associated Press, the leading expert in this groundbraking field of surgery – Dr. Mats Brannstrom “believes the operation will one day be common”
However, as a reminder that this breakthrough surgery is still in its infancy and may not yet be the golden ticket everyone is hoping for just yet – TIME reported that the operation, carried out for the first time in the U.S. this September using live donor transplants, was only successful in three out of the four recipients.
With the go-ahead for doctors at Imperial College to perform the first UK uterus transplants this year we will wait to see if Emile Erikson’s success can be replicated bringing further hope to the thousands of women without a uterus that they too will have the opportunity to give birth in the future.