A surgeon has told how he is planning the world’s first womb transplant on a transgender woman who was born male reports The Mirror.
The Doctor plans to take the organs from a dead donor or from another woman who decided to become a man and had their wombs removed in the process.
This theoretically means that the person could fall pregnant through IVF – although the operation has never officially been performed successfully to date.
“Every transgender woman wants to be as female as possible,” said Dr Narendra Kaushik, who runs a busy surgery in new Delhi.
“And that includes being a mother. The way towards this is with a uterine transplant, the same as a kidney or any other transplant.
“We have our plans and we are very very optimistic about this.”
Dr Kshuik said that around 20 per cent of his patients are from overseas, with many flying from the UK.
Business is booming at his Olmec clinic in New Delhi, with the surgeon recently opening a purpose-built centre to meet demand.
It comes as India is now surpassing Thailand as the destination of choice for this kind of surgery.
“Many of our patients tell us that their sexual partners don’t even notice that they weren’t born with female sex organs,” said Dr Kaushik.
“And that’s our aim, to make it so that they live as normal a life as possible as a woman. We aim for an aesthetic ideal”
Womb transplants, which cost thousands of pounds, are still considered to be an experimental procedure.
There has only been one well-known case of a trans woman having a uterus transplant – but she died just months later after suffering complications.
It cannot actually connect the woman’s uterus to the fallopian tubes, so the op doesn’t lead to anyone becoming pregnant naturally.
But experts claim it is theoretically possible to impregnate a trans woman using IVF, with the embryo being implanted.