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Woman Born Without a Vagina Crowdfunds for Life-Changing Surgery

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A young woman in Arizona is hinging her dreams for life-changing surgery on a GoFundMe started by her sister. Kaylee Moats, 22, was born with a rare syndrome called Mayer Rokitansky Küster Hauser syndrome, or MRKH. She has no cervix, uterus, or vaginal opening. The surgery, which would create a vaginal opening and allow her to have intimate relationships like other women, is considered elective or cosmetic by her insurance company. Desperate to help, her sister started a GoFundMe to try to raise the $15,000 the surgery and recovery will cost.

According to the GoFundMe, Kaylee Moats was 18 when she learned she had MRKH.

Kaylee had never had a menstrual cycle. At 18, doctors ordered an MRI, which showed that she didn’t have a cervix, uterus, or vaginal opening. Imagine getting that sort of devastating news just as your life is beginning. It means Kaylee will never be able to become pregnant or carry a child. Furthermore, without surgery, sexual intercourse isn’t possible.

After college, Kaylee started exploring her options, including surgery.

After finding two surgeons who could help, Kaylee decided to pursue the surgery. The procedure would create a vaginal opening, and allow Kaylee to have an intimate relationship with her boyfriend, Robbie Limmer. However, her hopes were quickly dashed when she learned that the $15,000 surgery wouldn’t be covered by her health insurance. That’s when her sister Amanda decided to take matters into her own hands.

Amanda created a GoFundMe to help raise the 15k needed for surgery and recovery.

The response from the public has been amazing! The campaign has raised over $19,000, meaning Kaylee will soon have the surgery she wants and needs. It’s about having some sense of normalcy in her life. Kaylee tells the New York Post, “I have all the correct chromosomes of a woman so it’s not a gender or cosmetic thing because it’s not what’s outside that is different. I can’t see inside what is wrong with me.”

An update posted on the GoFundMe says that Kaylee’s surgery will be scheduled this fall. Any extra money will go towards flights and accommodations for her family to accompany her to Atlanta for the surgery. We love when crowdfunding goes so right. Best of luck, Kaylee! We wish you a speedy recovery!

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(Image: Facebook/Kaylee Moats)