26 February 2016

Cleveland surgeons perform nation's first uterus transplant

Cleveland surgeons performed America's first uterus transplant. This is a new frontier that aims to give women who lack wombs a chance to become pregnant.


In a statement, the Cleveland Clinic announced that America's first uterus transplant had been performed on a 26-year-old woman, using a uterus from a deceased donor. 

Read: Woman with womb transplant has healthy baby

The hospital had long been planning for such a surgery, announcing last autumn that it would attempt 10 such transplants in a clinical trial. The hospital said it wouldn't release any more details about the transplant until a press conference next week.

Other countries have tried womb transplants and Sweden reported the first successful birth in 2014, with a total of five healthy babies so far.

Read more: 

Womb transplant, hope for women 

Mother with womb transplant says risk paid off 

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