Friday, March 11, 2016
Here is a case in which a hospital spoke too soon about its pioneering surgery. The Cleveland Clinic knows an uterine transplant is risky and should not have bruited in the press that it was trying to do the first in the US. Now the hospital has to deal with the failure of the first transplant and increased risk for the 10 others it plans to try. And, it is doing so under the scrutiny of the media and the public. It would have been far better had the hospital kept the transplant under wraps until it was certain that it took. A successful surgery would have given the institution credibility that it lacks now. Perhaps in the second attempt it will succeed. Perhaps not, but if it fails again the pressure on the hospital and its surgeons will be immense.