This is why the first uterus transplant in the US has failed

This is why the first uterus transplant in the US has failed

The US-based Cleveland Clinic, recently released a statement announcing a sudden complication that led to the removal of Lindsey's transplanted uterus

When doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, US, successfully transplanted a uterus in an American woman suffering from infertility issues, it opened up a lot of possibilities for parenthood. Especially for women whose uterus are not functioning as they should.

Latest reports on this front, however, revealed that complications arose weeks after the surgery.

“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.

“While this has been difficult for both the patient and the medical team, Lindsey is doing well and recovering. 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," mentioned the statement.

Read: Uterus transplant procedure coming to India in early 2016

The clinic did not fully disclose the cause of the complication.

History of uterus transplant in the world

In Sweden, the procedure has been done nine times, five of which had successful pregnancies. But gynecological surgeons say that it’s a tricky procedure.

Patients only keep the uterus long enough to have a child or two and then the organ is removed because of the risks of rejection.

“There is a known risk in solid organ transplantation that the transplanted organ may have to be removed should a complication arise,” the clinic said. “The medical team took all necessary precautions and measures to ensure the safety of our patient.”

At age 16, Lindsay was told by the doctors that she wouldn’t be able to carry biological children. She and her husband adopted three boys, but jumped at the opportunity to possibly give birth through the transplant.

Despite the complications, she and her husband was grateful to the doctors at Cleveland Clinic. “They acted very quickly to ensure my health and safety.”

“Unfortunately I did lose the uterus to complications,” she said in a statement. “However, I am doing okay and appreciate all of your prayers and good thoughts.”

Despite the unfortunate setback, the clinic is pushing through with the rest of the procedures.

“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.”

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Written by

James Martinez