Complications force removal of history-making transplanted uterus

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Lindsey and her husband Blake stand with Cleveland Clinic medical staff as they announce she was the nation’s first uterus transplant patient, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Cleveland. Standing with the couple, from left, are Ruth M. Farrell, M.D., bio-ethicist, Rebecca Flyckt, M.D., OB/GYN surgeon, and Andreas Tzakis, M.D., program director of the Transplant Center. […]

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WTNH) – The woman who made history as the first recipient of a uterus transplant, has suffered a setback forcing doctors to remove the transplanted organ.

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic released a statement Wednesday saying that the patient, identified only by her first name Lindsey, suffered from a “sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus.”

Hospital officials say that the cause of the complication is under review and more information will be shared as it becomes available.

Lindsey also released a public statement following the removal of the uterus.

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’s transplant was a part of a clinical study for women who suffer from uterine factor infertility.

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