Cleveland Clinic says first uterus transplant in U.S. fails
Lindsey and her husband Blake with Cleveland Clinic medical staff as they announce she was the nation's first uterus transplant patient, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Cleveland. (Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016 3:43PM EST
WASHINGTON -- The Cleveland Clinic says the nation's first uterus transplant has failed.
A 26-year-old woman received the transplant there on Feb. 24 and had appeared to be recovering well, even appearing briefly at a news conference on Monday. But according to a hospital statement Wednesday, the patient experienced a sudden complication.
Doctors surgically removed the organ on Tuesday.
The hospital is exploring what went wrong, but said its clinical trial that aims to do 10 uterus transplants is continuing.
Other countries have attempted uterus transplants, with some reported failures, although Sweden has succeeded in five healthy births. The experimental treatment might eventually offer an option for women born without a uterus or who lost it to disease.