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First Uterus Transplant in US Has Failed Due to Complications

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Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic work on the first uterus transplant in the U.S.
(Image: © Cleveland Clinic)

The woman who received the first uterus transplant in the United States experienced a sudden complication recently, forcing doctors to remove the transplanted organ, according to a statement released today (March 9) from the Cleveland Clinic, where the procedure was performed. 

The Cleveland Clinic first announced the uterus transplant on Feb. 25. In a news briefing on March 7, doctors at the clinic detailed the procedure and their plans for future transplants, as a part of a clincal study for women who suffer from uterine factor infertility

"There is a known risk in solid organ transplantation that the transplanted organ may have to be removed should a complication arise. The medical team took all necessary precautions and measures to ensure the safety of our patient," Cleveland Clinic officials said in the statement. [Donated Uterus Transplanted Into Patient | Animation]

The 26-year-old patient, Lindsey, also released the following 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. Unfortunately I did lose the uterus to complications. However, I am doing okay and appreciate all of your prayers and good thoughts."

Lindsey is doing well and recovering, according to the Cleveland Clinic. 

Editor's Note: This story is developing and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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