The first uterus transplant in the United States failed and the organ was surgically removed because of complications, the Cleveland Clinic said Wednesday.
The breakthrough surgery made headlines around the world last month. Health officials say the 26-year-old patient is “doing well and recovering,” though.
“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 to Global News.
“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,” the statement read.
On Monday, the patient, whose last name has been withheld, told reporters she was recovering well and thankful for the opportunity to try to conceive.
She said she already is a mother to three “beautiful little boys” adopted through foster care and that she was told when she was 16 that she wouldn’t be able to bear children.
WATCH: The first uterus transplant patient in the U.S. is only identified as Lindsey. Lindsey underwent the uterus transplant procedure on Monday, but suffered complications and doctors were forced to remove the uterus on Tuesday. She is said to be “doing okay.”
“From that moment on, I’ve prayed that God would allow me the opportunity to experience pregnancy,” she said. “And here we are today, at the beginning of that journey.”
Her transplant was conducted on Feb. 25. Lindsey’s was the first transplant as part of a clinical study for women who suffer from uterine factor infertility. The doctors are now looking into the complication, the Cleveland Clinic said.
The hospital screened more than 250 women to identify 10 who qualify for the clinical trial, those lacking a functional uterus but with healthy ovaries that produce eggs.
“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,” Lindsey wrote in the Cleveland Clinic update.
– With files from the Associated Press
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