The Cleveland Clinic patient who in late February received a transplanted uterus “recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal” of the uterus, the clinic said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon.
“At this time, the circumstance of the complication is under review and more information will be shared as it becomes available,” the statement read. “There is a known risk in solid organ transplantation that the transplanted organ may have to be removed should a complication arise. The medical team took all necessary precautions and measures to ensure the safety of our patient.”
The patient, identified publicly only as Lindsey, “is doing well and recovering,” the clinic said.
In a statement distributed through the clinic, Lindsey said, “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. Unfortunately I did lose the uterus to complications. However, I am doing okay and appreciate all of your prayers and good thoughts.”
Lindsey and clinic doctors earlier this week held a news conference to discuss the procedure.
On Feb. 25, the clinic announced the first U.S. uterus transplant as part of a clinical study for women who suffer from uterine factor infertility.
The clinic said the study, which has been planned to include 10 women, “is still ongoing with a commitment to the advancement of medical research to provide an additional option for women and their families.”