The Cleveland Clinic released an update Friday regarding their investigation into what caused the first ever uterus transplant in the United States to fail last month.
According to the hospital, the complication was "due to an infection caused by an organism that is commonly found in a woman’s reproductive system."
Read the entire statement below:
Preliminary results suggest that the complication was due to an infection caused by an organism that is commonly found in a woman’s reproductive system. The infection appears to have compromised the blood supply to the uterus, causing the need for its removal. There is an ongoing review of all the data and the team is modifying the protocol to reduce the chances of this complication occurring again in the future. The health of our patient is and has always been our primary concern.
A team of transplant and gynecological surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic performed the surgery on a 26-year-old patient on Feb. 24. The surgery took about nine hours.
The hospital announced on March 9 that the transplant failed.