First Uterus Transplant in U.S. Fails After Complication

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The first uterus transplant in the United States has failed.

The Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday that the organ had to be surgically removed on Tuesday after the recipient developed a serious complication.

"We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus," the statement from the clinic said.

The Cleveland Clinic did not reveal details about the complication that the 26-year-old patient experienced, but said that the circumstances are "under review."

The study will continue, as the transplant was the first of 10 in an ongoing clinical study.

Days after the recipient spoke at a press conference and shared her plans to conceive, the complication occurred.


"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," said Lindsey, a mother of three adopted sons. "Unfortunately I did lose the uterus to complications. However, I am doing okay and appreciate all of your prayers and good thoughts."

In 2014, a Swedish woman became the world's first woman to successfully give birth after having a uterus transplant. The uterus was donated to her from her own mother.