The mother speaks (first in Italy) who gave birth to a girl after the uterus transplant: 'I gave her the name of the donor'

At the Cannizzaro hospital in Catania, the sixth case in the world (the first in our country) of pregnancy completed after a uterus transplant. Alessandra was born 34 weeks premature. Dad: 'she gave us a joy that I can't even express'

  albino uterus Albina and Giovanni Ferrari gave birth to little Alessandra

At the Cannizzaro hospital in Catania she gave birth to Albina, the first woman in Italy to have received a uterus transplant. This is the sixth case in the world. The baby was born 34 weeks premature and is still in the incubator. The father is not in her skin: 'she gave us a joy that I can not even express.' They decided to call her Alessandra, after her donor.

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HISTORY - Albina, 31, was the first woman to receive a uterus transplant in Italy. But this did not prevent her from having a daughter: Alessandra, for whom her father Giovanni Ferrari, a 37-year-old farm worker from Gela, does not hesitate to speak of a 'miracle'. With theirs, in fact, six children came into the world after a uterus transplant. Alessandra is still in the intensive care unit. He has not yet been able to hold her, but confides to Corriere della Sera: 'I go up and down from the hospital. I am excited, I am worried, I am overwhelmed by a thousand sensations ”.

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MUCH LOVE - He met Albina in 2006 through friends and they immediately fell in love. She immediately wanted to tell him that she could not have children: “I think she feared my reactions given what had happened with the little boy she had had years before. They were seventeen. She had a medical check-up and they told her that she was born without a uterus and she could not get pregnant. When she told her boyfriend about it, he was gone. I got married anyway, aware that we would not have children. But we loved each other and we were fine together '. Then the Cannizzaro experimental project emerged.

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DONOR'S NAME - And Albina was the first to try this path, while Giovanni, he confesses, was frightened. Until the news of the availability of the organ from Alessandra, a deceased woman: 'It was August 20, 2020, who forgets. We were in the countryside for lunch with relatives, we ran home, packed up for Albina and went to the hospital. Six to seven hours have passed since the intervention began, it seems to me that I have waited years. Then Professor Veroux told me that everything had gone very well and that I could feel comfortable ”. Then there was assisted fertilization. A year ago their story was in the newspapers: “Alessandra's husband looked for me through Facebook. We have been in constant contact ever since. I've always tried to be close to him without seeming intrusive. After the birth of my daughter, to whom it seemed natural to give the name of his wife, I looked for him. He told me that she did not want to appear and I understood it. He revealed to me that with the birth of my baby it is as if Alessandra had come back to life. 'A part of her lives on again, we are happy too', were her words '. When she grows up, she will tell everything about her to her child 'also so that we know what an incredible gesture the woman made who, by choosing to donate her organs, gave us a joy that at this moment I can't even express' .

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