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MEFS President-Elect, French-Lebanese Surgeon Achieves an Extraordinary Transplant in France

He succeeded what so many others failed, making the impossible possible for a sterile woman.

 

A new medical achievement raises Lebanon's name high once again. Professor Jean Marc Ayoubi, a successful Lebanese-born surgeon, has succeeded in performing a first-time uterus transplant in France, making possible the impossible for a sterile woman.

The case involved a 34-year-old infertile woman who was born without a uterus; a rare condition called the Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome. She underwent the uterine transplant after her 57-year-old mother donated her uterus so that her daughter could have children.

The transplant took place at the Hopital Foch de Suresnes in France, upon which the hospital issued a statement explaining the extraordinary event.

The successful operation was carried out by the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the French Fochs' Hospital, professor Jean Marcl Ayoubi, and his team in collaboration with the Swedish team of Pr. Brunstum.

 

In his statement, Dr. Ayoubi conveyed what could be deemed a scientific marvel, "The mother and her daughter are both fine, and the pregnancy will take about 10 months after the transplant. In other countries, it takes between 6 to 12 months." 

The achievement of this brilliant Lebanese professor made it to the French media, including the influential newspaper Le Monde that reported the medical accomplishment, pointing out that this operation is the first of its kind in France

While the news reports are recent, the surgery was carried out about two weeks ago, on March 31, but the hospital has abstained to announce it until recently.

Professor Ayoubi explained that "The uterus implantation in France came after 10 years of research and cooperation with especially Professor Branstrom who benefited with his team from the French expertise in robotic surgery through which he [Dr. Branstrom] performed a hysterectomy in the last five operations, and that facilitates the work."

Many worldwide attempts have been previously conducted to achieve that difficult surgery. It was unsuccessfully attempted in June 2018 in Lebanon’s Bellevue hospital, in Saudi Arabia in 2000, in Turkey in 2001, in Sweden in 2014, and thereafter in the United States, Brazil, and Serbia.

Born in Lebanon in 1963,  Professor Jean Marc Ayoubi has made such great achievements in the field of fertility that the department, which he heads in Fosh hospital, came first in Paris and second in France, in July 2014, according to the "Agency of Biomedical Medicine" back then. 

In 2015, the French Republic awarded professor Ayoubi the Order of the French Legion of Honor, which is one of the highest honors France allocates to the illustrious people in their respective fields.