Cleveland Clinic announces first successful uterus transplant in the U.S.

The Waskington Post | Rachel Feltman

Surgeons in Cleveland say they have performed the country's first uterus transplant on a 26-year-old woman, using a uterus from a deceased donor. (The Washington Post)

A 26-year-old patient is the nation's first recipient of a uterus transplant, doctors from the Cleveland Clinic announced on Thursday. The grueling nine-hour surgery took place Wednesday, and the patient — who received the organ of a deceased donor — is reportedly in stable condition.

The clinic has not commented further on the first patient, but she was one of 10 women selected for the approved clinical trial of the procedure. The women were all either born without uteruses (a condition known as Mayer-Rokitansky-K├╝ster-Hauser syndrome) or had to have them removed. For women with cultural, religious or personal conflicts with surrogacy, uterus transplants could provide biological children who would otherwise be impossible. Continue reading VIDEO