Cleveland Clinic says first uterus transplant in US fails

In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, photo provided by Cleveland Clinic Center, a team of Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeons and gynecological surgeons perform the nation’s first uterus transplant during a nine-hour surgery in Cleveland. In a statement Thursday, the Cleveland Clinic said the surgery was performed on a 26-year-old woman, using a uterus from a deceased donor. (Cleveland Clinic Center via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cleveland Clinic says the nation’s first uterus transplant has failed.

A 26-year-old woman received the transplant there on Feb. 24 and had appeared to be recovering well, even appearing briefly at a news conference on Monday. But according to a hospital statement Wednesday, the patient experienced a sudden complication.

Doctors surgically removed the organ on Tuesday.

The hospital is exploring what went wrong, but said its clinical trial that aims to do 10 uterus transplants is continuing.

Other countries have attempted uterus transplants, with some reported failures, although Sweden has succeeded in five healthy births. The experimental treatment might eventually offer an option for women born without a uterus or who lost it to disease.

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