Woman Receives First-Ever Uterine Transplant, Needs Emergency Removal
The patient, known only as Lindsey, underwent the groundbreaking surgery at The Cleveland Clinic on February 24. She had received the organ from a deceased donor and seemed to be responding positively to the procedure.
However, in the early stages of the healing process (which was expected to take up to a year), Lindsey developed an undisclosed complication. In a press release dated March 9, the clinic announced,
As explained in the press release, it is standard procedure to remove the foreign material — the donated organ(s) — if complications develop after a transplant.
Emergency organ removal is a "known risk" in any transplant procedure, according to the release, and the surgeons "took all of the necessary precautions" to safeguard their patient's health.
Lindsey, who is currently recovering from the emergency procedure, also issued a statement on Wednesday. She said,
Though the surgery, ultimately, did not succeed, The Cleveland Clinic confirms it will continue its research in the hopes of “provid[ing] an addition option” to women who cannot conceive on their own.