First uterus transplant in US fails, patient has organ removed

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic say the first uterus transplant in the United States has failed.

The patient, a 26-year-old woman who asked to be identified only as Lindsey, spoke publicly about the surgery on Monday.

She released the following statement on Wednesday:

"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."

Doctors say on Tuesday Lindsay suffered a serious complication, and the uterus was removed.

Lindsey is now doing well, and doctors are trying to figure out what went wrong.

The Cleveland Clinic released the following statement 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.

On February 25, Cleveland Clinic announced the first uterus transplant as part of a clinical study for women who suffer from uterine factor infertility. At this time, the circumstance of the complication is under review and more information will be shared as it becomes available.

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.

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."

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