The first successful uterus transplant in the United States failed after the patient developed a yeast infection. Lindsey McFarland, the 26-year-old patient who received the uterus at the Cleveland Clinic, had hoped to undergo IVF to become pregnant once she recovered from the transplant.
Source: First Uterus Transplant in the United States Failed Due to Yeast Infection
I’m sorry that she had to go through all of that surgery and trauma, just to have it all fail because of something so seemingly minor. At least if something is learnt from the experience, the technology matures so she might have another chance.
This sort of thing used to be inconceivable… 😀
A team of surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the first uterus transplant in the United States. A 26-year-old woman underwent the nine-hour operation on Wednesday, setting the stage for a future pregnancy—and what might possibly become a routine procedure in US hospitals.
Source: First Uterus Transplant in US Offers Hope to Thousands of Infertile Women
C’mon, there’s worse puns like “Dr. OBGYN, at your cervix”. See! 🙂
For those reading this, thinking “All this just so she can experience being pregnant, instead of, you know, just adopting or using a surrogate.”…
Adopting a newborn is insanely expensive, and difficult. Rules around biological parents varies depending where you are, and there’s a lot of competition to get a newborn vs a child.
The temporary aspect is interesting too – it means surgery and all that entails, but apparently alleviates the need for anti-rejection drugs so there’s likely more to that than just cost. Which I bet doesn’t please pharmaceuticals…