In 1954, Joseph Murray made history when he performed a renal (kidney) transplant on identical twins. It was the first successful organ transplant ever. Since then, doctors have successfully transplanted hearts, lungs, hands, livers, ovaries - the list goes on.
Last year, Dr. Joan Pere Barret and her team made an enormous breakthrough when they performed the first full facial transplant on a farmer that was shot in the face by accident. And just last month, in a high-profile story, a Conneticut woman who was mauled two years ago by a friend's 200 pound pet chimpanzee received a full face transplant. It took over 30 doctors and nurses 20 hours to do it, and they were able to transplant the woman's nose, lips, facial skin, muscles, and nerves.
Science has made great strides in a little over 50 years...
Out of Sweden comes the latest exciting transplant story:
56-year-old Eva Ottosson's 25-year-old daughter Sara was born without a uterus. In an attempt to give Sara a chance at becoming a biological mother, Eva is going to have her womb transplanted into her daughter. Eva will be the first person in the world to do so.
Doctors in Sweden are planning the procedure, and hope the transplant operation will take place as early as next Spring. Ottoson says, "My daughter and I are both very rational people and we both think 'it's just a womb."
If successful, Sara will carry her child in the same womb she herself grew in.