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On March 7, 2016, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic introduced the nation to Lindsey McFarland, the first person to undergo a successful uterus transplant in the United States. Within hours, however, McFarland was back in surgery: A life-threatening infection forced the organ’s removal, crushing hope she might one day give birth.

McFarland later learned the culprit was Candida albicans, a fungus common in women’s reproductive tracts.In her, it flared into a raging infection that damaged at least two of her arteries, including one that supplied blood to the newly implanted uterus.

What she did not know is the transplanted uterus had come from a donor suffering from a Candida infection in her bladder — a fact made clear by routine tests conducted by the Miami organ group that provided the uterus.

…continue reading ‘Behind the Failure of the First US Uterine Transplant’

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