Cleveland Clinic announces first uterus transplant in US fails

9th March 2016 (Last Updated March 9th, 2016 18:30)

Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic has revealed that the first uterus transplant in the US has failed, and that doctors had removed the organ after the patient suffered complications.

Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic has revealed that the first uterus transplant in the US has failed, and that doctors had removed the organ after the patient suffered complications.

A statement posted on Cleveland Clinic's website read: "We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus."

According to the clinic, the medical team immediately took all necessary precautions and measures to ensure the patient's safety.

Cleveland Clinic added that the reason for the complication was being reviewed and 'more information will be shared as it becomes available'.

"While this has been difficult for both the patient and the medical team, Lindsey is doing well and recovering."

The clinic further stated: "While this has been difficult for both the patient and the medical team, Lindsey is doing well and recovering."

A statement from Lindsey read: "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.

The clinic announced that the first uterus transplant in the US was carried out on 25 February.

Last September, the clinic began screening candidates, aged 21 to 39, who suffer from uterine factor infertility (UFI).

UFI is a condition in women who cannot become pregnant because they were born without, have lost, or have a non-functioning uterus.