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First womb transplant in India

In a major step that could help women with uterine-related conditions get pregnant, the first ever uterine transplant in India is all set to take place at a hospital in Pune next week.

According to latest reports, the Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI) in Pune will perform the country’s uterine transplant on May 18.The hospital will carry out the procedures on three women with different uterine or womb complications to help them try for successful pregnancies.

The hospital, which has the license to conduct womb transplants for a period of five years granted, was given a go ahead for the procedures by the Directorate of Health Services, Maharashtra.

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The hospital will conduct the first three transplants ‘free of cost’ assisted by a 12-member team of gynaecologists, endocrinologists and IVF specialists.

Apart from pune’s GCLI, Bengaluru’s Milann Fertility Centre, which received an approval for the procedures from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), will also perform womb transplants in June on two women born without a uterus.

The reports say that Dr Kamini Rao, Medical Director, Milann, the Swedish team from the University of Gothenburg who conducted the trial will be on board for the procedures.

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