Kayla Edwards, 27, was born with a rare condition that left her without a reproductive system from birth. When she was 16 years old, she was informed that she would never carry children. The news broke Kayla as she had always dreamed of becoming a mother. Thanks to new advancements in medicine, however, she was approved to receive a uterine transplant back in 2017 which turned her entire story around.
Kayla Edwards was born with a rare condition called Mayer Rokitansky Küster Hauser (MRKH). Also known as Rokitansky Syndrome, it is thought to affect roughly one in every 4500 female births. People who suffer from MRKH typically have a vagina and uterus that may not have developed fully or are completely absent altogether. DailyMail states that "women suffering from MRKH will have normally functioning ovaries and will experience the normal signs of puberty- but will not have periods or be able to conceive."
After hearing of clinical trials that the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas was conducting, Kayla and her husband, Lance, packed up their things and moved from Vancouver, Washington to Dallas to take part. Upon arriving, the couple heard that they no longer had a donor but one year later, a new one was found.
At the same medical center that was holding the clinical trials, Kayla "underwent a rare medical procedure and received a new uterus from a donor," says DailyMail. With the surgery being a success, doctors attempted to transfer an embryo into her new uterus, hoping it would implant. After three failed attempts, Kayla and her husband were beginning to lose hope. The medical center reports that there are two women to date who have successfully given birth after receiving a uterine transplant and five are currently pregnant.
In January of this year, two years after her transplant, doctors transferred the final embryo into Kayla's uterus and both she and her husband were shocked to find out it had embedded and was beginning to grow. Kayla couldn't believe that her dream was that much closer to becoming reality. Now expecting a little girl who is due in October, the soon-to-be parents are over the moon excited. Kayla hopes that her story will raise awareness of her condition and encourage other women not to give up too easily.