Transcript for Woman born without a uterus receives successful transplant, helping her start family
Now to a "Gma" exclusive. The remarkable story of a woman who thought she would never be able to have a baby on her own finally able to start a family thanks to a groundbreaking new transplant and the help of some selfless strangers. Janai Norman is back with more on the story. Good morning, janai. Reporter: This is a really incredible story about the fifth baby in the U.S. From a transplanted uterus. The parents high school sweethearts who always planned on having a family now calling their son the miracle baby. Madison Gibbs is a healthy woman but she was born without one thing. I did not have a uterus. Reporter: That's right, the Dallas native now 22 was born without a uterus, a condition called mrkh. Doctors only discovering she had the condition found in 1 in 5,000 women after she didn't get her period as a teen. I have ovary, fallopian tube, eggs, everything except for a uterus to carry a baby in. Reporter: News she never expected as she always planned on having a family but when she first learned of her condition six years ago there was no treatment available. I was devastated to be honest. Reporter: She only told one person about her diagnosis, her then boyfriend, Mitchell who is now her husband. I remember he gave me the biggest hug. I just was going to be there for her no matter what. Reporter: The couple married in 2018 planning on moving forward with surrogacy or adoption when within weeks of saying their vows a local hospital was recruiting women to participate in a clinical trial for a uterus transplant. I was honestly blown away. It's in my backyard. Reporter: She immediately signed up. After a battery of medical tests was accepted into the trial co-run by Dr. Liza Johansson at Baylor university medical center. It's called the last hurdle of infertility meaning this is the only one we haven't been able to treat. Reporter: She went through egg retrieval and creates embryos and then the uterus was transplanted in October 2019. We had hundreds of women calling in to Baylor saying I want to donate my uterus to someone they don't know. Reporter: Four months after the transplant and Maddie was This is Lincoln. Reporter: Baby Lincoln born a year to the date of Maddie's transplant. I couldn't imagine anything better. I mean I would do it over and over again a thousand times just to get him. Beautiful. Reporter: The whole team celebrating success. Baylor now counting six births from transplanted uteruses. 25 total in the world. You look in their eyes saying you see complete happiness. We can't even describe how that feels like. Lincoln and all the babies born here, they're part of us too. So Maddie is going to keep the uterus and is going to try for baby number two later this year but baby Lincoln, his birthmark, the quickest time a transplant patient was able to get the transplant, give birth all within a year. What a remarkable story. So happy for them and wish them luck on their attempted second one. Let's head back over to ginger in philly. Happy Friday, everyone.
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