Turkish womb transplant patient loses baby

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Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 8:04 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A hospital says a Turkish woman who was the first to get pregnant with a transplanted donor womb has had her pregnancy terminated.

Derya Sert was born without a womb and had one transplanted in August 2011. The 22-year-old became pregnant after doctors placed an embryo into her womb, using one of her own eggs. 

A statement from Akdeniz University Hospital said Tuesday the eight-week pregnancy was terminated because the fetal heartbeat had stopped. 

It said Sert would receive new fertilization treatment to try and get pregnant again.

A successful birth would provide hope for women who were born without a womb or who lose it to disease.

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