Woman with lab-grown vagina talks about life-changing procedure

Apr 21, 2014
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Doctors implanted an organ made from the unnamed patient’s own cells into her body in October 2008. ‘I feel very fortunate because I can have a normal life,’ she said.

The woman, who was born with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, was 18 when she took part in the study.

The woman, who was born with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, was 18 when she took part in the study.

A woman who participated in a ground-breaking study where doctors used cells to grow vaginas in a lab said she now leads a normal life thanks to the surgery.

The unidentified patient was one of four Mexican women with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes the vagina to be absent or underdeveloped, who took part in the revolutionary study.

The women were between the ages of 13 and 18 when researchers from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City turned small samples of their tissue into new organs.


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