The Cleveland Clinic has announced that the first uterus transplant to take place in the United States has failed.
The Clinic announced in November that it was going to be performing uterus transplants on 10 women suffering from uterus related infertility, as part of a continuing research study. The research study is expected to continue.
This transplant was the first in the study and involved a 26-year-old patient and a deceased organ donor. The operation to transplant the uterus took nine hours and occurred in February. A complication has resulted in the organ being removed. The complication is under review, and more information is expected when it becomes available.
The patient who received the uterus transplant had hoped that the procedure would allow her to experience a pregnancy. She is doing well after the complication and uterus removal.
Although this was the first uterus transplant in the United States, it was not the first uterus transplant in the world. Nine uterus transplants have been performed in Sweden at the University of Gothenburg. All of these procedures involved living organ donors. Of the nine transplants, seven were successful and resulted in five pregnancies.