A healthy uterus is required for proper implantation of an embryo and development of a fetus. Disorders of the uterus including polyps, fibroids, scarring, etc can lead to infertility requiring would-be parents to either adopt a child or consider hiring a surrogate mother.
Researchers have now been able to show, for the first time, the feasibility of transplanting a uterus capable of sustaining a normal pregnancy in Sudanese and Ethiopian ewes.
You can actually watch a video describing this amazing research!
V. Ramirez, ER Ramirez, DK Nessetti, M Messetti, M Khatamee, R Navarro, TH SHaffer, H Ramirez, and MR Wolfson. “Ovine model of functional uterine transplantation.” Experimental Biology Conference, Washington, DC, 2011.