CLEVELAND — At just 16, a woman identified only as Lindsey said she learned she would never be able to have children of her own.
"From that moment on, I've prayed that God would allow me the opportunity to experience pregnancy," the now 26-year-old said.
Lindsey is optimistic her prayers have been answered.
Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic Monday introduced her as the recipient of the nation's first uterus transplant. The procedure was done late last month, and doctors say she is recovering well.
The hospital has provided few details, but says the donor uterus came from a woman who died.
"First and foremost, I would like to take a moment to express the immense gratitude I feel toward my donor's family," said Lindsey. "They have provided me with a gift I will never be able to repay, and I am beyond grateful to them."
At Monday's event, Lindsey explained that she is a mother already to three "beautiful little boys" adopted through the foster care system. She is now optimistic she will be able to experience pregnancy herself.
The Cleveland Clinic announced last fall that it would attempt 10 transplants as part of a clinical trial. Other countries have tried womb transplants. Sweden reported the first successful birth in 2014, with five healthy babies so far.
Doctors there say the still-experimental treatment might be an alternative for some of the thousands of women unable to have children because they were born without a uterus or lost it to disease.