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Devan longs to be a mother, but she was born with incomplete reproductive organs – can her dreams still come true?
Devan explains that she was born with a condition known as Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser, or MRKH. She has no birth canal or cervix, and her uterus was not normally shaped. “I had a hysterectomy at age 13, and they told me I would never have children,” she says. “I knew at some point I would want to get married and have a family of my own, and it was very heartbreaking that I couldn’t have that.”
At age 16, she opted for reconstructive surgery to create an opening so she would be able to have intercourse. In 2011, Devan married Trent. “Devan is the most kind, loving person I’ve ever met,” Trent says. “She’s just amazing in all ways.”
The couple has been trying to adopt without success. Now they’re hoping, because Devan still has her ovaries, that they may be able to conceive a child. “We’re really ready for a miracle to happen,” Devan says.
Devan tells ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork that the couple is exploring a combination of in-vitro fertilization and surrogacy. Breast Surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk explains that the couple would be using Devan’s eggs and Trent’s semen to create their biological child, which would be carried by another woman because Devan lacks a uterus.
Dr. Stork asks Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Tina Koopersmith how good the couple’s chances of producing a child are. “There’s definite hope,” says Dr. Koopersmith. She explains that MRKH affects 1 in 5,000 female births. “If you have eggs and you have a partner with sperm, you can actually have a baby,” Dr. Stork adds. And Devan has learned that her ovaries and eggs are healthy!
“I can tell you’re going to be great parents,” Plastic Surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon concludes.