First US patient to undergo uterus transplant has organ removed – CNN
She’d spoken earlier this week before she lost the organ.
“I was 16 and was told I would never have children and from that moment on, I’ve prayed that God would allow me that opportunity to experience pregnancy. And here we are today at the beginning of that journey,” Lindsey said while sitting in a wheelchair with her husband, Blake, standing behind her.
They are parents to three adopted boys.
The Cleveland Clinic announced a research study in November in which it would perform uterus transplants on 10 women with uterine factor infertility. On Wednesday, it said that study is ongoing.
UFI is a condition in which a woman cannot carry a pregnancy because she was born without a uterus, has lost her uterus or has a uterus that no longer functions. It’s an irreversible condition affecting 3% to 5% of women worldwide.
While Lindsey was the first patient to receive a uterus transplant in the United States, a team of doctors at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has performed nine.
Five of the women have become pregnant, resulting in four live births.