Following in the footsteps of Sweden where 9 successful uterus transplants have been performed with 5 of them leading to pregnancy, Cleveland Clinic tried the first uterus transplant in the US on 25th February. The procedure was performed on a 26 year old girl called Lindsey. Lindsey was born without an uterus and she is first of the 10 uterus transplants planned by the Cleveland Clinic.
The procedure went successfully as Lindsey and the doctors attended a follow up press conference. But two days after the conference, Lindsey faced some complications and the uterus had to be removed. Cleveland Clinic said in a statement that there are potential risks associated with all solid organ transplants and all precautions were taken. The clinic wishes to go ahead with other 9 planned transplants for benefit of medical research and provide additional child bearing option for women.
After the complications, Lindsey said in a statement, “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.”