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Success of the First Uterus Transplant in the MENA Region
July 2018

Under the Patronage and Presence of His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Health Mr. Ghassan Hasbani

Bellevue Medical Center Announces the First Successful Uterus Transplant under clinical research in Lebanon and the MENA Region

Beirut, Lebanon – July 2018: Under the patronage and presence of his excellency Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Health Mr.Ghassan Hasbani, Bellevue Medical Center (BMC) held a press conference announcing the first successful uterus transplant procedure under clinical research that was done in Lebanon by a team of physicians specialists in transplant surgery and high-risk obstetrics, in coordination with a Swedish team of doctors headed by Professor Mats Brännströmand the Lebanese Dr. Randa Akouri.The conference was attended by public figures, specialists in the field, media representatives in addition to Hospital Administration, Medical and Hospital Staff.

The procedure was performed on Monday, June 11th to a 26 year old Jordanian lady, whose donor was her 50 year old mother. The donor’s procedure took around 11 hours, while the recipient’s took 6 hours, and both went very smoothly. The patient stayed in Lebanon under supervision for one month, to prevent undesirable side.She is now doing well, waiting for the IVF (in-vitro fertilization) process, which can be initiated in 9 months, to be followed by a healthy pregnancy.

A remarkably innovative procedure that is still under clinical research, uterus transplantation is likely to change the lives of many women who are not able to carry a pregnancy due to Uterine Factor Infertility. It is estimated that in the MENAT region (MENA & Turkey), 100,000 women have Uterine Factor Infertility. The trial requires that potential participants undergo a complex protocol and extensive medical and psychological evaluations to make sure they are good candidates. The selected woman will maintain the transplant for as long as she needs to have children, and then have it removed, saving her from long-term use of immuno suppressive drugs.

Professor Ghassan Maalouf, Medical Director and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Bellevue Medical Center said: “We are very proud for BMC to be the place of hope for Lebanon and the MENA region and are very glad of the success of the first Uterus Transplant in Lebanon, making our country among the 10 countries in the world that are giving back hope to many women who are not able to carry a pregnancy. We thank our Ministry of Health for their trust and the Swedish team of specialists, whose efforts are much appreciated, along with the efforts of the Lebanese doctors and the nursing and hospital staff who have proved an exceptional professionalism and competences.

Back in 2016, Bellevue Medical Center had signed an agreement with the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, to become among the first teams worldwide to perform the uterus transplant trial and was chosen exclusively as the first hospital to realize the procedure in the MENAT region (MENA & Turkey),given the high quality standards it applies.