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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.