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Pennsylvania woman gives birth to healthy boy via transplanted womb

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Philadelphia, PA – A Pennsylvania woman who gave birth to a boy she carried inside a transplanted womb says the experimental procedure delivered a “miracle.” Jennifer Gobrecht and her husband, Drew Gobrecht, appeared Thursday at a news conference in Philadelphia.

Their child, Benjamin, was the first baby born as part of Penn Medicine’s 2-year-old uterine transplant trial and the eighth baby in the United States to be born to the recipient of a uterus transplant. Jennifer Gobrecht underwent a 10-hour transplant procedure in 2018. The uterus came from a deceased donor.

She says, “Benjamin is truly a miracle, and we feel beyond lucky to have him.”

Jennifer Gobrecht and her husband welcomed Benjamin Thomas just before the holidays, after more than 15 years of struggling with infertility.

Kate O’Neill, M.D., Director of the Uterus Transplant Program at Penn Medicine says their program is continuing to look for women to become applicants in the program, normalizing this procedure for other struggling couples.