The first uterus transplant in the U.S. failed after the patient experienced a “sudden” complication.
“We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus,” the Cleveland Clinic said in a statement.
The 26-year-old recipient identified only as Lindsey is doing well and recovering, according to the clinic.
I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude towards all of my doctors,” Lindsey said in a statement. 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 Lindsey
Lindsey was the very first receiver of the country’s first uterus transplant and she had stated that she prayed for years to conceive and now is thankful to the late donor’s family and surgeons who’ve given her that chance.
The Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic stated that the 26-year-old woman is improving fine after getting the uterus late last month.
From that moment on, I’ve prayed that God would allow me the opportunity to experience pregnancy, she said. And here we are today, at the beginning of that journey.
We must remember a uterine transplant is not just about a surgery and about moving a uterus from here to there. It’s about having a healthy baby, said Cleveland Clinic surgeon Dr. Rebecca Flyckt.
The Cleveland Clinic patient, Lindsey, said she was grateful to that donor’s family.