Medical history has been made across the border in Sweden by a woman who has given birth to a baby boy using a transplanted womb, report doctors at the University of Gothenburg.
The 36-year-old mother, whose identity remains anonymous, was born without a womb.
But a family friend in her 60s donated her uterus and doctors performed what is being hailed worldwide as little short of a miracle.
A healthy 1.8kg
According to the British medical journal the Lancet, the baby was born prematurely weighing a healthy 1.8kg (3.9lb).
“It was a pretty tough journey over the years, but we now have the most amazing baby," the happy father told the AP news agency.
“He’s no different from any other child, but he will have a good story to tell.’’
Birth defects and cancer treatment tend to be the main reasons why women are left without a womb that functions.
Surrogacy is the only option for such parents who want a child of their own.