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After Five-Organ Transplant, Woman Gives Birth

Mother holds newborn baby and is first five-organ transplant patient to conceive and deliver

At age 19 years, Fatema Al Ansari was diagnosed with a condition called mesenteric thrombosis – a clot that blocks the blood flow of a vein carrying blood from the intestine. The condition caused her abdominal organs to fail.

She was two months pregnant. Fatema’s condition grew worse as her liver, pancreas, stomach, and small and large intestine continued to fail. Making matters worse, her pregnancy further put her life in danger and it had to be terminated.

With no more options left in her native Qatar, she was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital to seek medical treatment in 2007. Two months later, Fatema received a five-organ multivisceral transplant that gave her a new liver, pancreas, stomach, and small and large intestine.

Never giving up hope, at 26 years of age, Fatema and her husband returned to Miami and Jackson to attempt to realize their dream of becoming parents. She became pregnant via in vitro fertilization treatments. Because of her previous medical condition, Fatema’s pregnancy was considered high-risk. She remained in Miami and was monitored closely by her team of UHealth/Jackson transplant surgeons at the Miami Transplant Institute and UHealth/Jackson OB/GYN physicians at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

At 36 weeks pregnant, Fatema delivered a healthy baby girl at Jackson via C-section on February 26, 2013 – becoming the first five-organ transplant patient in the world to conceive and deliver.

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