Uterus transplant in Cleveland offers new option to treat infertility

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Surgeons in Cleveland say they have performed the nation’s first uterus transplant, a new frontier that aims to give women who lack wombs a chance at pregnancy.

In a statement Thursday, the Cleveland Clinic said the nine-hour surgery was performed a day earlier on a 26-year-old woman, using a uterus from a deceased donor.

The hospital had long been planning for such a surgery, announcing last fall that it would attempt 10 such transplants in a clinical trial. The hospital said it wouldn’t release any more details about the transplant until a press conference next week.

The transplant is meant to be temporary, with the transplanted uterus removed after a successful surgery.

Other countries have tried womb transplants — and Sweden reported the first successful birth in 2014, with a total of five healthy babies so far.