Nose to tail movement inspires uterus transplants


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CLEVELAND, OHIO—Cleveland is known as home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and birthplace of Drew Carey.  But C-Town may soon be famous for zombie babies.

In an effort to use the whole corpse, doctors in Cleveland will perform a series of uterus transplants on ten chosen women.  They will be the first ever performed in North America.

“This study is the result of an offal dinner party discussion,” said lead surgeon, Kylie Wong.  “A fellow OBGYN was hosting an Evening of Offcasts, featuring parts of the animal that are usually thrown away.  At one point, conversation turned to how we could extrapolate from the culinary world and be less wasteful in the medical arena.  Also, one of the guests was born without a uterus.”

This ground-breaking procedure could enable women who thought they’d never carry a child to be implanted with a donated uterus, grow a baby or two, and then have the organ removed.

“It’s kind of like renting a body part,” said Bertel Lagman, head of transplants at Stockholm’s City Hospital.  “But in a totally organic and legal way.”

Lagman’s hospital is the only place in the world where the procedure has been done successfully.  “We encourage our subjects to approach this not as a temporary transplant, but as the opportunity to create life.  With a little help from science, eggs are harvested and frozen, a donor uterus is called into action and it all culminates in a C-section birth. It’s a completely natural process.”

The transplants, which have been dubbed “highly-experimental”, will begin in the coming months.  If successful, the first baby would be born next year in late October.

Molly Donovan

Molly Donovan

I grew up in the USA, but don’t hold that against me because I’m also Canadian.

Just think of me as the mole.

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