To say Fatema Al Ansari had a high-risk pregnancy is a massive understatement. At 19, a blood clot was found in a major vein to her intestines, and in 2007 she had surgery in which she was given a new liver, pancreas, stomach, and small and large intestine.
Then just a few weeks ago, Ansari, now 26, did what no one thought she could do -- she gave birth. According to the Associated Press, Ansari, who lives in Qatar, delivered her daughter, Alkadi Alhayal, on February 26 in the same Miami hospital in which her surgery was performed. The baby weighed in at 4 pounds, 7 ounces, and both mom and baby are doing well. Incredible.
One transplant surgery is a huge deal, but to have five vital organs replaced is monumental. So the fact that she recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl is what many would call miraculous.
Doctors say there have been some cases of women with two transplants giving birth, but it's believed Ansari is the first five-organ transplant patient in the world to have ever given birth.
According to reports, she was forced to terminate one pregnancy soon after her diagnosis, but she and her husband didn't give up their dreams of having a baby. Instead, they went for it full force and used in vitro fertilization to get pregnant despite any fears. Besides some minor complications, it was a relatively uneventful pregnancy, and doctors say she's even healthy enough to have another baby if she wishes.
While it's incredible news for this couple, it also has to give hope to so many. Certainly for those who have had transplants to know that someone has gone on to give birth, but also for anyone going through infertility. Because sometimes while it seems that all the odds are stacked against you, it can happen. There's always hope.
Are you shocked that someone could give birth after receiving five transplants?
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