First Uterus Transplant in the U.S. Focused on Women, Children & Families

By Maureen Bongat, Parent Herald March 08, 04:50 am

A chance to experience the miracle of having her own baby has been given to a 26-year-old mother when she received a uterus from an unidentified donor. Lindsey, a mother who only revealed her first name, shared how she was so grateful and honored to be chosen to receive this opportunity after praying for years.

"From that moment on I've prayed that God would allow me the opportunity to experience pregnancy and here we are today at the beginning of that journey," Lindsey shared from a wheelchair. "I am so thankful to this amazing team of doctors and all the nurses and staff who have worked around the clock to ensure my safety," she added.

Lindsey, a 26-year-old woman from Texas, is the first American woman to have a uterus transplant. Next year, she hopes to be pregnant.

Posted by The New York Times on Monday, March 7, 2016

Lindsey, a mother of three adopted boys, is one of the 10 patients chosen by the Cleveland Clinic to be given a chance to bear their own child. The procedure which Lindsey has gone through was a part of the uterus transplant clinical trial, as reported by NBC News.

If the trial becomes successful, the surgery could be like an answered prayer for women who were unable to bear children of their own because of a disease or because they were born without a uterus. Lindsey will be under medication for a year. She will be observed and tested until her body is ready to bear a child.

By then, Lindsey will undergo healthy pregnancy through a process called in vitro fertilization (IVF). "She'll be here for a month or two after surgery," said Rebecca Flyckt, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Cleveland Clinic. "After that we expect that she will be able to return home. She should be able to have a fairly normal life."

Babies conceived through this process will be delivered through C-section, as reported by The Guardian. An expected of only one or two pregnancies are allowed to women who underwent this kind of procedure before the uterus transplants will be completely removed.

"The focus of this procedure is not on uterus," said clinic bio-ethicist Ruth Farrell. "It's on women and children and families."

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