This Normal-Looking Baby Is Actually The First Of His Kind

Malin Stenberg was your typical Swedish woman who dreamt of having a family. And in 2015, she became a mother to a beautiful young boy. But that baby was special. It was because he was born from a transplanted uterus.

Mrs. Stenberg and her husband Claes Nilsson faced a problem when they got married, she couldn't have kids. It was because when she was 15, she was diagnosed with Rokitansky syndrome, a rare condition wherein a woman is born without a womb or vagina.

To a young woman who always had dreams of having a family, it was hard news to take. Mrs. Stenberg recalled that "she couldn't take the news" and that she always wondered "what she had done to deserve this", she says to the Dagens Industri, a Swedish news company.

After nearly giving up on her dream of having a happy family, she and her husband heard of an experimental treatment that aimed at allowing infertile women to have biological children of their own. With their hope renewed, they joined the project.

The venture was conducted in Gothenburg University, and it involved giving the patients donated uteruses in hopes to allow the ovaries a chance to release their eggs to facilitate pregnancy. A study found that most women who suffer Rokitansky syndrome usually had their ovaries intact, so all that was needed was a functioning uterus.

Nine women volunteered for the project and were all successfully transplanted with a uterus. While most of them were from their mothers or their sisters, Sternberg's donated womb came from a close family friend, a 61 year old woman named Ewa Rosen. Since she already had children and grandchildren, she didn't hesitate to give Sternberg a chance to start her own family.

"She's truly brave, and so selfless. She gave me what I needed without asking for anything in return" Sternberg said as she told the press about the kindness of the elderly Rosen.

After the transplant, Sternberg was given IVF treatments and became pregnant on the first try. After 7 months, she gave birth, and while it was a premature delivery that ended in a C-section, her baby boy was born.

Out of the nine transplants, four of them yielded children, and because Sternberg gave birth two months early, her baby was the first ever successful child born from a donated uterus.

After the success of the project, researchers continued to look for more successful methods to give infertile women the chance to give birth to their own biological offspring. After three trials failed, the fourth one succeeded, furthering the prospect that transplanted wombs will become a viable solution to female infertility.

In fact, British doctors have began to consider having transplants done to transgender women so that they can start their own families as well.

It has been three years since Sternberg had her surgery, and her baby boy has now become a toddler. They named him Vincent, which came from a Latin word that meant "to conquer", as a tribute to the ordeals they faced in order for him to be born into this world.

"When the doctor gave him to me, I just knew that this was my baby, and that he and I were once one" Sternberg said to the press with a sincere and honest smile.

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