Cleveland Clinic announces first uterus transplant in U.S. has failed

Posted at 3:52 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 15:52:16-05

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland hospital announced Wednesday that the first ever uterus transplant done in the United States has failed.

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

Lindsey, who has three adopted children with her husband Blake, said she was 16 when she was told she could never have children.

The 26-year-old participated in a clinical study for women who suffer from uterine factor infertility. She received the transplanted uterus on Feb. 25. Lindsey, who is only revealing her first name, was born without a uterus but has normal, functioning ovaries.

According to Dr. Tammaso Falcone, chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s transplant center, one in 5,000 women are born without a uterus.

Doctors say they took all necessary precautions and measures to ensure Lindsey’s safety, but there is known risk with organ transplants.

“At this time, the circumstance of the complication is under review and more information will be shared as it becomes available,” a hospital statement said.

Lindsey and Blake released a statement as well thanking doctors for their swift actions.

“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,” said Lindsey. “However, I am doing okay and appreciate all of your prayers and good thoughts.”

The study will continue forward with a “commitment to the advancement of medical research to provide an additional option for women and their families,” the hospital said. There are ten women participating.

Cleveland Clinic is one of three U.S. medical centers approved to perform uterine transplants.