Some girls are born with a disorder that is called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome which leaves them with an absent or severely underdeveloped uterus and [email protected] Four girls between the ages of 13 and 18 suffered from this disorder but were given the chance to undergo surgery from 2005-2008 to have those organs replaced with ones that were grown in a lab.
The organs were created and grown in a science lab. They were made from epithelial cells and muscles. These cells and muscles came from other women with healthy lady parts that the doctors biopsied. After the tissues were harvested they were put into a container that is made of a biodegradable material. This device is a mold for the organs. The cells grow around this mold and form the shape of the organ that will fit perfectly inside the patient who is getting it. The nerves and the blood vessels in the body help the lab made organ to expand and grow to a normal size. The biodegradable mold is ultimately absorbed into the body.
After a check with all four of the girls who have received the surgery the doctors are reporting that they all have normal function and all have normal s*x drives as well. This is not the first organ that was created in a lab and transplanted and certainly will not be the last. At the moment they can also create bladders, windpipes, and urethras in a lab. Technology has come a long way and if they can go even further with it someday the need for organ donors could be greatly reduced. There are currently over 122,000 patients that qualified for the UNOS organ transplant list and are waiting for an organ donor.