The first girl in Italy was born in Catania after a uterus transplant, it represents the sixth case in the world. Is called Alessandra, the daughter of the woman who received the first uterus transplant in Italy. The patient, who tested positive for Covid, underwent a caesarean section after febrile attacks due to the infection. The baby was born premature, in the 34th week of pregnancy and weighs 1.7 kg. Mother and daughter are still hospitalized and stable. Their conditions are defined as “stable” by the doctors who follow them.
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“The fertilization attempt was successful and the lady led a regular pregnancy up to the 30th week when she contracted Covid and was therefore admitted to the Cannizzaro Gynecology section dedicated to positive patients “. Like this Paolo Scollo, director of the obstetrics department and gynecology of the Cannizzaro hospital in Catania, Clinicalized complex operating unit of the Kore University of Enna, on the case of Alessandra, the little girl born after the first uterus transplant in Italy.
“The infection“, explains Scollo “it was asymptomatic for some time but, a few days ago, an episode of high fever and consequent contractions led us to proceed with a caesarean section ». The birth thus took place in the 34th week. “Mother and daughter“, adds “were then transferred to intensive care: the woman in the adult ward, the girl in the neonatal intensive care unit, where she is subjected to antibiotic therapy, usually for premature babies, and non-invasive respiratory assistance. Both are in stable conditions ».
“IS it was an extremely complex transplant“, reconstructs Pierfrancesco Veroux, professor of vascular surgery and transplants at the University of Catania who performed the surgery. “In this case the uterus, since the declamping of the vessels, has shown a great vitality which has then allowed, thanks to an optimal perfusion, to ‘live in the patient and to carry out a very expected pregnancy’, he concluded.
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THE PICTURE – He could only see her in the photo, because she is still hospitalized in the intensive care unit, but when her husband showed her the shot of the tiny girl she was moved with happiness. It was an immense joy that of Alessandra’s mother. The patient is fine, medical sources report, and probably tomorrow she could be transferred to another Covid ward, because she too is still positive because she is undergoing immunosuppressive therapy to avoid rejection of the organ received. The child breathes in an assisted manner and has no problems with blood clotting or liver. At the Covid swab, at birth, she tested negative.
The message of the positive mother to Covid
“Hi, I’m recovering, I’m recovering and I can’t wait to go out to see my baby and hug her “: this is how in a small video Alessandra’s mother, the baby born to the woman who had her first uterus transplant in Italy from a deceased patient. The woman is hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the Cannizzaro hospital in Catania where she, despite being in good general health conditions, will remain under observation until she is negative for Covid.
The surgeon: infinite emotion
«I was present at the moment of birth and Alessandra’s first cry was an infinite emotion because we have been carrying out this program for almost seven years and hearing that cry was an emotion that goes beyond any scientific and technical aspect. Because knowing that the uterus of a woman, unfortunately deceased for two years, is able to give her life again is something that goes beyond the possible and the unimaginable ». Thus Pierfrancesco Veroux, full professor of vascular surgery and transplantation at the University of Catania who performed the surgery.
The donor’s family: “As if she had come back to life”
“It is as if Alessandra had come back to life, a part of her still lives on, we are happy too”. Thus the husband of the donor woman to Alessandra’s father. Giovanni, the baby’s new father, tells it, in contact with the donor’s family who lost his life due to a sudden cardiac arrest in a hospital in Florence two years ago. «They are happy as we are, we are sharing everything», adds Giovanni, the father of little Alessandra, who does not «find the words to express the joy». «It is a miracle that has come true – he adds – and I cannot express the happiness I feel. The paths are difficult for everyone, but we have been lucky enough to be accompanied by faith. My heart is bursting in my chest. I haven’t slept in two days and can’t wait for them to go home. I return to Gela in the evening, but my head is always in the Cannizzaro hospital ». «I haven’t seen my wife yet – he observes – we talked about her on the phone, she is fine and I can’t wait to hug her. The little girl is in the incubator, but she’s doing well, I’m speechless, I don’t believe it. ” She finds the words to “thank the donor’s family” and the choice of the name of her daughter, Alessandra, like the deceased woman, “it was natural, the least we could do”, and “the medical teams of Professors Scollo and Veroux, of the Policlinico and the Cannizzaro of Catania, of the great professionals who have been close to us in an impressive way, we would not have done it without them ». And she hopes that their example, their happiness, “can be contagious and lead to donation” and give continuity to “that miracle that is life”. His wife did not have a uterus due to a rare congenital pathology, Rokitansky syndrome, when she was 17, discovered because she had not yet had evidence of her period. A bad psychological blow aggravated by the abandonment of her then boyfriend who left her. «When we got married – Giovanni underlines – I knew we couldn’t have children, but I loved her and I love her very much. Of course it was heavy to be asked ‘but children? When? ‘, But we have been comforted by faith and aided by science. Today I think we have witnessed and benefited from a miracle ». On the contacts between the families of a donor and a recipient, in general, the doctors, especially in the immediacy of the intervention, are not in favor: «Normally – explains prof. Pierfrancesco Veroux, who performed the transplant – we tend not to do it because, at times, pathological ties can be created, especially between parents who have lost a child. In this case, everything has passed through the media and social networks ».