A Washington woman uprooted her whole life for the chance to have a baby and now, she’s expecting one.
When Kayla Edwards was a teenager, doctors told her that she was born with Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser Syndrome, WFAA reports.
MRKH is a congenital disorder that affects the female reproductive tract, the Center for Young Women’s Health reports. Further, girls with the disorder often have a tiny uterus or are missing it altogether.
Edwards, 27, was born without a uterus.
When she learned that Baylor University Medical Center was performing uterus transplants and clinical trials, she made a huge decision. She and her husband, Lance, sold their house in Vancouver, Washington and moved to Dallas, Texas.
“It was really hard because all of our family’s back there. We have no one in Texas. (But) when this came, we just knew we couldn’t pass up the chance to at least try.”
She received the transplant in 2017 and got pregnant after the fourth embryo transfer. Their baby girl is due in October.
“We lay in bed and dream about her face and what she’s going to look like and talk about her. It’s just really exciting. It’s like a dream still.”
Also, the expecting mom is hoping to impact others with her story.
“The reason I’m doing this is to make it available for other people that are scared to talk about it. Infertility is already a taboo subject that a lot of women don’t like to talk about. They can look at me and have hope, which I didn’t have when I was 16 and was told I was never going to have kids.”
According to WFAA, Edwards is one of five women currently pregnant with a transplanted uterus. Furthermore, two other women have given birth after the transplant.