First Uterus Transplant in US Has Failed, Hospital Says

The organ was removed to protect patient safety, hospital officials said.

ByABC News
March 9, 2016, 3:40 PM

— -- The first uterus transplant in the U.S. has failed, officials from the Cleveland Clinic said today.

“We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus," hospital officials said in a statement.

Doctors did not explain the specific complications that led to the removal of the uterus. The transplant was performed on Feb. 24 and the transplant team spoke to reporters this week about the medical achievement. Despite the setback, the Cleveland Clinic said the uterus transplant study, which included 10 women, will continue.

"The medical team took all necessary precautions and measures to ensure the safety of our patient," hospital officials said. "While this has been difficult for both the patient and the medical team, Lindsey is doing well and recovering."

Lindsey thanked her medical team in a statement today.

“I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude towards all of my doctors," she said. "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.”

Speaking at a news conference this week, Lindsey, 26, spoke about her desire to become a mother.

"I want to be open and honest about my story," Lindsey said from a wheelchair. "I was told I would never have children. I prayed that God would allow me to experience pregnancy."