The 37-year-old Malin Stenberg lives in Gothenburg, Sweden and is in love with her friend Claes Nilsson. But there is a problem standing in the way of their ultimate happily-ever-after: the two would like to start a family. But Malin, because of a genetic defect called Rokitansky Syndrome, was born without a vagina or uterus. She underwent an operation when she was younger to receive an artificial vagina, but she has known since her childhood that she would never bear her own children. Yet Claes refuses to give up on his dream of having his own family!
Malin's boyfriend manages to get his, at
the time, 29-year-old girlfriend into a risky and never attempted
research project at the University of Gothenburg. Just 9 women were
chosen to take part. And Malin is one of them.
The women share the same fate: because
of bodily miss formations they cannot have their own children. The point
of the study is to implant a foreign uterus into the women's bodies.
The attempts in the past showed that transplants from dead donors are
mostly rejected, should the donor's family agree to the transplant.
The 61-year-old Ewa Rosen is a friend of
the family, a mother of 2 sons and already a grandmother of 4. She
volunteers immediately to donate her uterus to Malin. And a medical
miracle happens: just 43 days after the operation, the now 35-year-old
has a period for the first time in her life. And just 1 year after the
operation, the two finally have their happy ending: the young woman is
pregnant! 11 inseminated eggs were already waiting on ice and on the
first try, their most desired wish comes true. Finally!
The unborn baby develops wonderfully and
according to plan. After irregularities appear in the 31st week, Malin
undergoes a Cesarean section. No one is certain whether it is the fault
of the transplant or not. But it doesn't matter to Malin or Claes. They
are now able to hold what they have wanted all their lives in their
arms. The little Vincent has made them the happiest people in the whole
In the meantime, the little
whippersnapper has turned 1 and is as fit as a fiddle. He is an
observant and cheerful child. He still can't comprehend the journey his
parents have traversed, a stony path, to bring him into this world. The
donor, Ewa Rosen, has become like a grandmother for the little one and
has a very special relationship to Malin and her family. The foreign
uterus has been removed so that Malin no longer has to undergo the
strong hormone therapy.
7 of the 9 women's bodies who
participated in the study accepted their implanted uteruses. And 4 of
them have even had their own babies, Vincent being the first. This
number is almost unbelievably high and most likely not sustainable. But
the story of the little Vincent is giving many women hope of one day
having their own child.
If you found this astonishing story of this little miracle child and his
parents so touching, including the hard path that finally paid off,
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