Uterine transplants are fairly new, and until now, you didn't just need a surgeon willing and able to do the procedure—you generally had to know someone who was willing to give up their uterus. A family member or a friend, provided they were a good match in terms of blood type, would undergo a voluntary hysterectomy in one operating room, and surgeons would literally carry the organ into the next room to transplant it into a recipient. Since 2014, when a group in Sweden reported the first birth from a live transplant, 11 more patients have also given birth. The ability to source organs from deceased donors would increase availability and lower the net risk of such a procedure, but no one was really sure how long a uterus could go disconnected from a blood supply before it would be unviable. There have been at least three operations to implant a deceased donor's uterus in lieu of a living donation, all of which have either failed due to infection or simply failed to produce any live births.