The first uterus transplant failed due to post-operative complications. The patient is well, but she will no longer be able to go through the in-vitro fertilization procedure that she had planned. The operation failed because of a very common fungal infection that affects all women.
The Texas woman that volunteered to be the recipient of a uterus transplant hoped that the organ would help her experience the miracle of childbirth. Unfortunately, a candida infection took her dream away.
Lindsey McFarland was born without the most important organ when it comes to childbearing. She was missing her uterus. At first, McFarland was at peace with the idea that she will never have the opportunity of experiencing childbirth.
She and her husband adopted three children and were living a happy family life until she heard of the Cleveland Clinic’s experimental program.
The Texas woman immediately offered herself as a volunteer in the uterus transplant program. And after countless tests and preparations, she underwent the experimental surgery a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, a common infection lead to serious complications that forced the doctors to remove the organ.
According to the official Cleveland Clinic statement,
“We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus.”
Lindsey is just the first of ten women that were selected for the experimental program. All of them suffer from uterine factor infertility and will be transplanted a new uterus that doctors hope will act exactly like any other transplanted organ.
In regards to Lindsey’s case, her doctors were saddened by the fact that they were forced to remove the organ so shortly after the surgery, but they did mention that such events are common when dealing with an organ transplant.
The Texan woman declared that it will take her some time to accommodate with the radical changes that she went through in such a short span. The patient went from one emotion to the other, from the thought that she will never be able to bear children, to the excitement of the possibility that she will, to the loss of hope.
The uterus transplant failed due to a candida infection. Lindsey is safe from any additional harm, but she has to come to peace with the idea that she will never be able to bear her own children. The Texas woman was pleased with the way the doctors handled her case, she said in a statement that:
“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 complication. However, I am doing okay and appreciate all of your prayers and good thoughts.”
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