​Passage: Born from a transplanted womb

Passage: A miracle of medicine 01:25

It happened just this past week in Sweden . . . a medical first that holds the promise of helping thousands of women around the world.

Doctors at the University of Gothenburg announced that a 36-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy last month after receiving a transplanted womb.

The new mother - who was born without a uterus -- is one of nine women who underwent the operation in late 2012 and early 2013.

The procedure involves removing a uterus from a donor, placing it briefly on a bed of ice, flushing it with preservatives, and then implanting it in the hopeful mother-to-be.

Remarkably enough, in the case of the woman who gave birth, the donor was a 61-year-old family friend who had already gone through menopause.

Vincent was born by Caesarean section at 31 weeks. AP

After waiting a year to make sure all was well, the doctors placed an embryo into the womb . . . an embryo created in a lab dish from the mother's egg and the father's sperm.

The parents have asked that they not be identified, but they have released a baby picture, and they've told us his name. It's Vincent . . . chosen, his mother says, because it means "to conquer."

And this may not be the end of the birth announcements: One of the doctors says there are two other transplanted womb pregnancies that are at least 25 weeks along.