Doctor Edmund Chada Baracat. (Photo courtesy of Baracat)
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A doctor of Lebanese descent was part of the team that carried out the first uterus transplant from a deceased donor to result in a live birth.Performing the operation with a deceased donor comes with its own considerable challenges. Testing must be done before transplantation to determine compatibility between the patient and donor, and the operation is time-sensitive, as the organ must be retrieved and transplanted quickly after the donor's death. The transplantation surgery itself can take from 10 to 14 hours, Baracat said.Finally, in September 2016, the patient, a 32-year-old woman who had been born without a uterus, was given a transplant from a donor who had died of a stroke.Lebanon saw its own first successful uterine transplant earlier this year with a live donor, although it remains to be seen whether the transplant will result in a birth.
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