Indian surgeon plans to transplant womb into a TRANS woman in world-first op that could pave way for biological men to get pregnant
A surgeon in India will attempt to transplant a womb into a trans woman who was born a man — with the view to making them pregnant.
The risky procedure will involve taking the reproductive organs from a dead donor or a patient who has transitioned the other way and had theirs removed.
There has only been one documented case of a womb being inserted into a trans woman in the past — but she died from complications just months later.
Impregnating a trans woman would be an even bigger feat, and would require the use of IVF and a C-section, because they do not have a fully functioning vagina.
Dr Narendra Kaushik, who runs a gender reassignment clinic in New Delhi, has said he is 'very, very optimistic' he can make a success of the procedure.
'Every transgender woman wants to be as female as possible — and that includes being a mother,' he is quoted as saying in The Mirror.
'The way towards this is with a uterine transplant, the same as a kidney or any other transplant. This is the future. We cannot predict exactly when this will happen but it will happen very soon.'
The surgeon has not revealed the recipient or given a timetable for the surgery, but he added: 'We have our plans and we are very very optimistic about this.'
Womb transplants cost around £50,000 and just one cycle of IVF treatment can cost upwards of £5,000.
Dr Kshuik's clinic, Olmec, is at the centre of a booming industry in New Delhi that is seeing the city rival Bangkok as the sex change capital of the world.
He said around a fifth of his customers are from abroad, with many flying from the UK, where gender reassignment surgery is free on the NHS but subject to waiting times.
Flummoxed1, Coventry, United Kingdom
It shouldn't be allowed. It's wrong on every level.
what about the fact than men's and women's pelvis designs are fundamentally different too? I'd say 'you couldn't make it up' but these days we don't have to
BarnacleBill, Country., United Kingdom
This should be outlawed. Nature will keep getting back at us.
Nothing good is going to come out of this.
Beachesmum, Somewhere in Australia, Australia
Please do something useful like cure cancer
Sonia Roberts, Honiton, United Kingdom
Disgusting - this is why scientists should be monitored
Hallei, somewhere, United States
Countries REALLY need to figure out how to provide better mental health care for their citizens.
Another dope with nothing better to do with his time.
TheBendyBus, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwy, Christmas Island
How did this pass the ethics committee
FreeUkraine, Schitty Creek , Georgia
So many issues in the world..and this is the priority..what a waste$$.
Dltn, AU, Australia
Ummmm where abouts are you going to put the uterus in a male body. Organs are kinda in different positions slightly. Tis not like theres and empty cavity waiting for it. Also whoever has this done willeffectively need to kill their auto immune system and thyroid to prevent rejection.
pvc, North Yorks, United Kingdom
Please, just NO!
Dr Mike R, cromer, United Kingdom
What a waste of talent.
cfwd, Lincs, United Kingdom
Absolutely don't perform this operation.
Happy granddad, Sunbathing, Seychelles
Oh please! Just stop this madness.
Minkatinka, London, United Kingdom
How would the womb retain and grow the embryo??? The male biology does not produce the correct chemicals to grow a healthy child ... this is experimentation on live human embryos and it's just not right!!!
taitm22, Sheffield, United Kingdom
If you have a transplant you need immunosuppressant drugs to prevent rejection. What effect will these drugs have on the baby?
Ben O. Verbich, Dallas, United States
It seems there's literally no end to the madness.
AZ617, Trenton, United States
How about curing cancer first?
No! This is totally ridiculous.
Zog, England, United Kingdom
Are doctor's no longer required to follow a code of ethics.
SAMOHT., Cardiff, United Kingdom
The world has gone mad.
Canterbury Kate, Herne Bay, United Kingdom
Terrible, ...should not be allowed
Califcon, Laguna Hills, United States
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should...
Jeff_NJ, New Jersey, United States