Cleveland surgeons perform nation's first uterus transplant

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Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic during the uterus transplant operation on Wednesday. The procedure has been successfully performed in Sweden, but never before in the United States.
Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic during the uterus transplant operation on Wednesday. The procedure has been successfully performed in Sweden, but never before in the United States.

In a statement, the Cleveland Clinic announced that America's first uterus transplant had been performed on a 26-year-old woman, using a uterus from a deceased donor. 

Read: Woman with womb transplant has healthy baby

The hospital had long been planning for such a surgery, announcing last autumn 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.

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

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Womb transplant, hope for women 

Mother with womb transplant says risk paid off 

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