Showing posts with label artificial womb. Show all posts
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Friday, 5 May 2017

Artificial Womb That Can Keep the Premature Babies Alive





Artificial Womb
Test tube babies will become a thing of past with this innovation and breakthrough made by the scientists which might scare some people or make them happy altogether. Scientists had come up with an artificial womb which can keep pre term babies alive outside of the womb. The look and build of this device will remind the people of coming out right from any science fiction but it has been tested successfully on the baby lambs with impressive results. Very soon it will be made available for trails on the critically ill human babies coming from the age group of three to five years.

How does the artificial womb works?

The artificial womb is way ahead of the traditional incubators due to the use of the extra uterine support device which helps in closely replicating the conditions of the real womb. The next best thing introduced in this device is the presence of the external gas exchange machine which works just like the mother’s placenta and helps in keeping the blood circulation in the heart and body at optimum level. Scientists have ensured that there is no mechanical pump present in the device because studies have shown that even a gentle artificial pressure can turn fatal for the underdeveloped heart.

Scientists have made use of the synthetic amniotic which is filled with nutrients which essentially flows in as well as out of the temperature controlled of the bio bag kept in the near-sterile state. The aim of the scientists were to produce such an environment which can keep the premature babies safely outside the womb while their critical internal organs like lungs and heart develops to their best ability.

It is worth noting that babies born prematurely within 23 weeks posses a very weak chance of making through that alive. Thereby this system will certainly help in increasing the chances of the premature babies to develop healthily. This system is way superiors than the traditional technology and equipments available at the hospitals to take of the 23 week old baby.

Health industry experts are enthralled

One of the health industry experts has stated that there is certainly no technology which will eventually end up in replacing the mother’s womb right at the earliest stages of the fetal development. There are theories which are doing round in the past years wherein human can be reproduced artificially from the embryo completely. But such a thing is far from reality at the moment as human beings are way different from the lambs.

It is worth noting that lambs tend to grow faster taking just about five months to their full terms while it takes eight months for human. Secondly the lambs are way larger than the human baby at three times. One of the experts has also explained that this artificial womb is not designed to replace the womb required in the first half of the pregnancy rather it will help in specifically treating the extremely premature babies in a new ways.