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Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 635–642 | Cite as

Uterine Transplant: A Risk to Life or a Chance for Life?

  • Alankrita Taneja
  • Siddhartha Das
  • Syed Ather Hussain
  • Mohammed Madadin
  • Stany Wilfred Lobo
  • Huda Fatima
  • Ritesh G. MenezesEmail author
Brief Communication

Abstract

Being inherently different from any other lifesaving organ transplant, uterine transplantation does not aim at saving lives but supporting the possibility to generate life. Unlike the kidneys or the liver, the uterus is not specifically a vital organ. Given the non-lifesaving nature of this procedure, questions have been raised about its feasibility. The ethical dilemma revolves around whether it is worth placing two lives at risk related to surgery and immunosuppression, amongst others, to enable a woman with absolute uterine factor infertility to experience the presence of an organ enabling childbirth. In the year 2000, the first uterine transplantation, albeit unsuccessful, was performed in Saudi Arabia from where it has spread to the rest of the world including Sweden, the United States and now recently India. The procedure is, however, still in the preclinical stages and several ethical, legal, social and religious concerns are yet to be addressed before it can be integrated into the clinical setting as standard of care for women with absolute uterine factor infertility.

Keywords

Human organ transplantation Uterine transplant Human organ donation laws Ethical and legal aspects 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alankrita Taneja
    • 1
  • Siddhartha Das
    • 2
  • Syed Ather Hussain
    • 3
  • Mohammed Madadin
    • 4
  • Stany Wilfred Lobo
    • 5
  • Huda Fatima
    • 3
  • Ritesh G. Menezes
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Armed Forces Medical CollegePuneIndia
  2. 2.Department of Forensic Medicine and ToxicologyJawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER)PuducherryIndia
  3. 3.Dow Medical CollegeDow University of Health SciencesKarachiPakistan
  4. 4.Department of Pathology, College of MedicineImam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal UniversityDammamSaudi Arabia
  5. 5.Touro College of Osteopathic MedicineMiddletownUSA

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