America's First Uterus Transplant Fails

Posted: Mar 10 2016, 7:15am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

America's First Uterus Transplant Fails
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  • First Uterus Transplant in America is a Failure

The first uterus transplant that took place in America turned out to be a failure. The tissues that were implanted into the female recipient’s cavity failed to merge with her body.

The first uterus transplant on American soil has failed to catch on in the recipient’s body cavity. The donated organ was removed after two days when it was rejected by the recipient’s body.

Science still has a long way to go before the natural could be artificially managed. A 26 year old female named Lindsey had the transplant done on her body on February 24th.

She seemed okay and even gave a press conference alongside her surgeons who hailed the method as a modern day miracle.

However, on Tuesday, the lady suffered a reaction and the organ had to be removed in a hurry. She is currently in a state of convalescence while the physicians and surgeons are trying their best to figure out where things went so wrong.

The details were not revealed to the press. Things are being kept hushed up. Lindsey has been reported to have said this much that she was glad to have survived the unexpected reaction.

Although she is sad to lose the implanted womb, she is still thankful to friends and family. Their prayers and good wishes ensured her safety back to health and well-being after the emergency operation.

The womb transplant took place under the strictest of conditions. Firstly, the eggs of the female recipient were collected to be fertilized with sperm. Thus embryos were created.

They were then frozen until any need for them would prompt a thawing later on. A womb from a donor was transplanted into Lindsey’s cavity.

It took three hours to be removed from the donor’s body. The transplant was a complicated six hour long operation that was a test of the nerves and stamina of the surgeons.

Lindsey was given some very potent immunosuppresive drugs. This was so that the donor’s uterus would not be rejected by her body. It was supposed to go like this.

After a year’s time during which everything would be monitored, a frozen embryo would be thawed and introduced into the womb. Finally, nine months later, the baby would be delivered via C-section.

The failure that occurred was tragic but science is not used to giving up so fast. Many more attempts will be made in the future and in no time at all, a successful venture will have become a possibility.

Lindsey has three adopted children. Since she was infertile since the age of 16, she had always wanted a baby of her own. Lindsey however is not a pessimist and has expressed her immense thanks to the donor who lent her a womb so that she might have a chance at giving birth to a baby.

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