First U.S. uterus transplant fails due to complications

Lindsey, recipient of the first uterus transplant in the U.S. (Dustin Franz/The New York Times)

Lindsey, the Texas woman who had become the first to receive a uterus transplant in the United States, had to have the organ surgically removed on Tuesday after developing complications. Just one day before, Cleveland Clinic had held a press conference with Lindsey, who was born without a uterus, celebrating the February 24 procedure as a success. The clinic released a statement, which said that “while this has been difficult for both the patient and the medical team, Lindsey is doing well and recovering.”

The 26-year old patient released a statement with her husband as well, thanking the medical personnel for protecting her health and safety and adding, “I am doing O.K. and appreciate all of your prayers and good thoughts.”

The clinic did not explain the nature of her complications, but a team of pathologists is studying the uterus to understand what went wrong. The procedure was the first of ten in an experimental program for the clinic, which will continue as planned, the clinic said.

Read the full story at the New York Times.


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