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Friday, February 26, 2016

First Uterus Transplant in the United States

Not to be left too far behind by the successes at the University of Gotheberg, clinicians here in the United States have carried out the first uterus transplantation.  In this case, the uterus of a deceased woman was used.

This newly developing practice will, of course, bring with it questions of how to allocate uteruses relative to the demand, not to mention thresholds of eligibility.  I don't see, however, any moral obstacle to these kinds of interventions.  One might even justify them on the grounds of that most bioconservative view of all:  Natural Law.  Clinicians are simply trying to restore a function lost to disease, disorder, or accident. 

For more on the United States venture, see:

http://www.bioethics.net/2016/02/cleveland-clinic-performs-first-u-s-uterus-transplant/

2 comments:

  1. This transplant has failed. Failure rates attach to all transplantations, and so few uteruses have been transplanted that we don't even have a good baseline expectation of what a 'good' failure rate should look like. Because many transplantations are life-saving, we also have policies that allow retransplantation. It is an open question at this point whether or not women should have a second prospect of a uterus transplant, all things considered.

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  2. See details at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/10/health/first-uterus-transplant-in-us-has-failed.html?mabReward=A3&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine&_r=0

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