A few weeks ago I wrote an entry on Cleveland Clinic performing the first uterus transplant in the nation. It is now being reported that the transplant was unsuccessful. Cleveland Clinic revealed the uterus was removed once patient suffered a “sudden complication.” Lindsey, 26-year-old transplant recipient, underwent a nine-hour operation.
Cleveland Clinic had performed the transplant in late February, as part of its 10 women study; the uterus transplant is geared toward women who were born without a uterus, or have an inoperative uterus. The new uterus would allow women to naturally conceive without having to seek alternative routes such as adoption and surrogacy.
It is said the patient is doing well and recovering.Lindsey thanked her doctors after the procedure failed, saying in the statement: “I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude towards all of my doctors. They acted very quickly to ensure my health and safety.” Lindsey was told at 16 she could not have children; today she and her husband have three adopted sons.
The clinic states that despite the setback they will continue future transplants.
The Cleveland Clinic also cites that A Swedish woman had a successful uterus transplant and gave birth in 2014. Since then at least four other babies have been born unto five mothers in Sweden following uterus transplants.