First Uterus Transplant in the U.S. Has Failed After Serious Complication, Cleveland Clinic Says

First Uterus Transplant in the United States Has Failed
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03/09/2016 AT 04:15 PM EST

The first uterus transplant in the United States has failed, the Cleveland Clinic said Wednesday.

The organ was surgically removed on Tuesday after the recipient, a 26-year-old woman, developed a serious complication.

"We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus," a statement from the clinic says.

The nature of the complication has not been revealed, but the clinic says the circumstances are "under review." The transplant was the first of 10 planned by the clinic as part of a clinical study. This study is set to continue.

The complication occurred just days after the recipient, identified only as Lindsey, spoke at a press conference about the procedure and shared her plans to conceive.

Lindsey, who is the mother of three adopted sons and was born without a uterus, also released a statement with the news of the failure.

"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," she said. "Unfortunately I did lose the uterus to complications. However, I am doing okay and appreciate all of your prayers and good thoughts."

Sweden reported the first successful birth following a womb transplant in 2014, according to the Associated Press. To date, the country has seen five healthy babies born from nine transplants.
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