First U.S. Uterus Transplant Fails


The 26-year-old woman who was supposed to be the first U.S. recipient of a uterus transplant in the United States developed complications on Tuesday and had to have the organ removed, the Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday.

The initial Feb. 24 procedure on the patient—who is known only as “Lindsey”—was heralded as a success at a press conference just two days ago. Lindsey is reportedly doing well after having the organ removed, and the clinic declined to elaborate on the nature of her complications; while pathologists investigate the transplant to understand what went wrong. Read more at The New York Times.



  1. One would wonder if this was a necessary treatment. If she had intact ovaries, could she not just get a surrogate to carry a child? Was this worth the risk to life to endure a difficult treatment. One wonders about the ethics.

    Scary but if they do need this procedure, perhaps there was important learning.

    I am skeptical if this was the future being decided better but one must hope that the doctors did have ethicists involved.