With a nine-hour operation, surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday performed the first-ever uterus transplant in the United States, using the uterus from a deceased organ donor. The patient is a 26-year old woman who remains unidentified, but was in stable condition according to the hospital. The procedure could enable women who were born without a uterus or had to have it removed because of a disease to still become pregnant, through in-vitro fertilization. The operation was performed by a surgical team headed by Dr. Andreas G. Tzakis, who had traveled to Sweden to work with doctors at the University of Gothenburg, until now the only place in the world where the procedure had been executed successfully.
The ethical commission at the Cleveland Hospital had given its permission for 10 experimental procedures, and will later decide whether it will continue to offer the operation. This could bring hope to thousands of women: it is believed that there are currently some 50,000 women in the U.S. who are candidates for a transplanted uterus. When The New York Times reported on the issue in October last year, a 26-year-old woman who was being screened as a candidate explained why she wanted the procedure: “I crave that experience,” she said. “I want the morning sickness, the backaches, the feet swelling. I want to feel the baby move. That is something I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember.”
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