CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the nation's first uterus transplant (all times local):
The recipient of the nation's first uterus transplant says she's grateful for the chance to possibly bear a child.
Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic said Monday that the 26-year-old women is recovering well after receiving the transplant late last month from a deceased donor.
The woman, identified only as Lindsey, told reporters she adopted three "beautiful little boys." But she says she has prayed since learning she was infertile at age 16 for the opportunity to experience pregnancy.
The hospital plans to attempt 10 transplants as part of a clinical trial. To ensure the new uterus is healthy enough for a pregnancy, recipients must wait a year before doctors perform in vitro fertilization.
Sweden pioneered uterus transplants, with nine transplants that have resulted in five successful births so far.
Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic are set Monday to discuss details about the first uterus transplant performed in the U.S.
Clinic doctors performed the surgery late last month in Cleveland on a 26-year-old woman who did not have a uterus. The hospital has provided few details, but says the donor uterus came from a woman who had died.
The hospital announced last fall that it would attempt 10 transplants as part of a clinical trial.
Other countries have tried womb transplants. Sweden reported the first successful birth in 2014, with five healthy babies so far. Doctors there say the still-experimental treatment might be an alternative for some of the thousands of women unable to have children because they were born without a uterus or lost it to disease.