First US womb transplant fails

Xavier Symons
March 12, 2016
Reproduced with Permission

The first womb transplant to take place in the US has failed - under dramatic circumstances. The recipient of the transplant, who was operated on last month, appeared smiling and healthy with doctors at a media conference on Monday. Yet just a day later there was a sudden complication that required specialists to remove the transplanted uterus.

The clinic released a statement on Wednesday about the emergency operation:

"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."

The woman, known only as Lindsay, said she was recovering well after the womb removal:

"…Unfortunately I did lose the uterus to complications. However, I am doing okay and appreciate all of your prayers and good thoughts."

The Cleveland clinic is set to perform another nine uterus transplants as part of a pilot US study into the procedure. Two other hospitals, Texas's Baylor University and Boston's Brigham and women's hospital, will also participate in the study. Doctors in Sweden have already performed a number of successful uterus transplants, resulting in the birth of five healthy babies .