The first patient in the United States to receive a uterus transplant is reported to have developed a complication forcing the removal of the earlier transplanted uterus, Cleveland Clinic announced on Wednesday.
”We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus.” a statement which appeared on the Clinic’s website said.
On February 25, Cleveland Clinic announced the first uterus transplant as part of a clinical study for women who suffer from uterine factor infertility.
Video: How Uterus transfer was done
The 26-year-old woman,Lindsey who was involved, received the womb from a deceased donor during a nine-hour operation last month.
There is a known risk in solid organ transplantation that the transplanted organ may have to be removed should a complication arise. The Cleveland Clinic medical team says it has taking all necessary precautions and measures to ensure the safety of our patient.
While this has been difficult for both the patient and the medical team, Lindsey is doing well and recovering.
The study, which has been planned to include 10 women, is still ongoing with a commitment to the advancement of medical research to provide an additional option for women and their families.”
Statement from Lindsey
“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.”
At this time, the circumstance of the complication is under review, more information will be shared as it becomes available the Clinic concluded.
UFI is a condition in which a woman cannot carry a pregnancy because she was born without a uterus, has lost her uterus or has a uterus that no longer functions. It’s an irreversible condition affecting 3% to 5% of women worldwide.
While Lindsey was the first patient to receive a uterus transplant in the United States, a team of doctors at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has performed nine. All involved living donors. Two were unsuccessful.
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