CLEVELAND -- In a statement released just moments ago, the Cleveland Clinic announced that the uterus that was transplanted into Lindsey in a ground-breaking surgery had to be removed due to complications.
Here is the Cleveland Clinic Statement:
"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.”
There was also a statement from Lindsey and her husband:
“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.”
On Monday, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic discussed details about the first uterus transplant performed in the U.S.
Clinic doctors performed the surgery Feb. 24 in Cleveland on a 26-year-old woman identified only as Lindsey who did not have a uterus. The hospital has provided few details, but says the donor uterus came from a woman who had died.
The hospital announced last fall that it would attempt 10 transplants as part of a clinical trial.
Other countries have tried womb transplants. Sweden reported the first successful birth in 2014, with five healthy babies so far. Doctors there say the still-experimental treatment might be an alternative for some of the thousands of women unable to have children because they were born without a uterus or lost it to disease.