The first uterus transplant in the United States has failed and the organ had to be surgically removed, the Cleveland Clinic said in a statement Wednesday.
The 26-year-old patient, identified as Lindsey, was born without a uterus and received the transplant at the clinic on February 25 in hopes that it would allow her to become pregnant. But just two days after a press conference in which she and her doctors spoke about what seemed to be a successful operation, the hospital said something went wrong.
"We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus," the statement reads.
Cleveland Clinic noted that there is a known risk in all solid organ transplantation and that the medical team took all necessary precautions to ensure the patient's safety.
Lindsey's transplant was the first of 10 planned by the hospital in a clinical trial meant to enable women without a uterus to become pregnant and give birth. The hospital said the trial is still going forward with "a commitment to the advancement of medical research to provide an additional option for women and their families."
Lindsey released the following 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."