Hospital Announces That the First Uterus Transplant in the US Is a Failure

Illustration for article titled Hospital Announces That the First Uterus Transplant in the US Is a Failure

Earlier this week, the Cleveland Clinic announced that the first uterus transplant performed in the United States was a success. Lindsey, the 26-year-old who had undergone the procedure, said in a news conference that she was looking forward to starting IVF with hopes that she might bring a pregnancy to full term.


Now, the New York Times is reporting that shortly after the announcement, Lindsey developed “a serious complication,” and had the organ removed. Cleveland Clinic did not elaborate on the complications but did indicate that the patient was recovering and doctors were able to remove the uterus. Pathologists at the hospital will study the donor organ to figure out exactly what went wrong.

Lindsey is one of ten women chosen by the Cleveland Clinic for the transplant trial. Her transplant surgery was performed without complications on February 24. Earlier this week, the team of doctors who performed the transplant initially described it as a “hopeful” start to the program.

Contact the author at

Photo via Cleveland Clinic.



Can we just get it in our heads that it is not solely the duty of infertile people to carry the burden of our foster care systems? This woman has already adopted three anyways, but it seems like whenever an infertile person seeks to birth a biological child there are a bunch of people just waving their hands around and shouting about adoption. When I announced my fertile person pregnancy, nobody told me I should have adopted. Commenters on here announce their pregnancies all the time and it’s nothing but congratulations. But someone seeking a fucking uterus or IVF is almost always questioned.

STOP IT. Unless you are going to demand the same from everyone, just STOP.