New Delhi (Web Desk): Indian doctors have successfully conducted the country’s first womb (uterus) transplant operation, Huffington Post reported.

The operation was conducted on a 21-year-old woman who was born without a uterus . The donor was her 41-year-old mother.

The day-long procedure was extremely complicated. It took over four hours to retrieve the uterus from the mother. The mother had decided to donate her uterus as her daughter wasn’t born with one. “What is the use of my uterus if it cannot help my daughter?” the mother had told the transplant team.

The surgery has opened up another way to motherhood besides surrogacy or adoption for Indian women who do not have a uterus , or who have a uterus that does not function.