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First U.S. Patient to Undergo Uterus Transplant has Organ Removed

(CNN)The first patient in the United States to receive a uterus transplant had to have the organ removed because of a complication, the Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday.

The 26-year-old woman received the womb in a nine-hour operation last month.

"We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus," the clinic said.

The circumstance of the complication is under review. The clinic said that Lindsey, whose last name was not provided, was doing well and recovering.

"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," she said in a statement.

The Cleveland Clinic announced a research study in November in which it would perform uterus transplants on 10 women with uterine factor infertility. On Wednesday, it said that study is ongoing.

UFI is a condition in which a woman cannot carry a pregnancy because she was born without a uterus, has lost her uterus or has a uterus that no longer functions. It's an irreversible condition affecting 3% to 5% of women worldwide.

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