Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic Monday described the first uterus transplant in the United States, a procedure that involved removing the organ from a deceased donor and implanting it in a 26-year-old woman, who appeared with her partner to thank the medical team for providing her “with a gift.”
About a year after transplantation, the doctors expect to implant an embryo in the uterus of the woman — introduced Monday as “Lindsey” — and deliver a baby by Caesarean section about 37 weeks later.
The transplant, performed Feb. 26, is part of a clinical trial that surgeons hope will result in uterus transplants for 10 carefully screened recipients.
The news conference was held about two years after the world’s first uterine transplant was conducted in Sweden.
In October 2014, doctors there announced that one of the patients had delivered a healthy boy.
Four more children have been born to the women there since.