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Your Healthy Family: Nation's first uterus transplant

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Doctors from the Cleveland Clinic shared details on the nation's first uterus transplant, offering hope to women who suffer from uterine factor infertility.
During the nine-hour procedure, doctors transplanted a uterus from a deceased donor into the pelvis of the recipient. 
The 26-year-old will be closely monitored for twelve months while she takes medication to prevent her body from rejecting the organ.
Experts hope this will allow her to become pregnant using in vitro fertilization within a year's time.
The surgery is part of a study that aspires to give the gift of pregnancy to women who are unable to conceive a child because they don't have a uterus or because theirs is damaged.
"When I was 16 and was told that I would never have children and from that moment on I have prayed that God would allow me the opportunity to experience pregnancy and here we are today at the beginning of that journey." said Lindsey, first uterus transplant recipient in the United States. 
The women receive the uteruses temporarily in hopes that they will have one to two children. 
Once they have given birth, the uterus will be removed and they'll stop the use of anti-rejection medications.
 

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