A Transplanted Uterus Offers Hope, But Procedure Stirs Debate

Blake and Lindsey McFarland have adopted three boys, but Lindsey was also eager to give birth. Though an infection that destroyed McFarland's transplanted uterus also nearly claimed one of her legs, she says she has no regrets about volunteering for the surgery.
WEBZ 91.5 | Rob Stein

Lindsey McFarland was born without a uterus. So she and her husband Blake created their family by adopting three boys. But they always dreamed that she could somehow become pregnant and give birth to a baby.

"We just wanted that experience," Lindsey says. "We wanted that connection."

She longed to feel a baby kick and develop inside her. She wanted the thrill of discovering the gender during a routine sonogram. She even wanted to go through morning sickness and labor.

"All of that," says the 26-year-old from Lubbock, Texas. "I wanted to experience all of that."

So, when the Cleveland Clinic announced plans to launch the first U.S. study to evaluate womb transplants for women who were born without a uterus or lost theirs to disease, the McFarlands decided Lindsey should volunteer.

She underwent a 10-hour operation in February to become the first — and so far only — woman to get a uterine transplant in the United States. Continue reading
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