CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Clinic is releasing new details on what caused the nation's first uterus transplant to fail back in February.
Back in March, the Cleveland Clinic revealed the woman, known as Lindsey, had received the nation's first uterus transplant but due to complications the uterus had to be removed unexpectedly.
The Cleveland Clinic said in a statement Friday,
"Preliminary results suggest that the complication was due to an infection caused by an organism that is commonly found in a woman’s reproductive system. The infection appears to have compromised the blood supply to the uterus, causing the need for its removal. There is an ongoing review of all the data and the team is modifying the protocol to reduce the chances of this complication occurring again in the future. The health of our patient is and has always been our primary concern.”
The procedure was performed in February. Shortly after announcing the procedure was complete and the patient was doing well, the Cleveland Clinic revealed there were complications and the uterus had to be removed.
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Lindsey released the following statement after the surgery:
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.
The Cleveland Clinic said that the original study planned to include 10 women and is still ongoing.