A woman born with two wombs, cervix and vagina's who feared she could never have children has revealed that she is finally pregnant.
Nicola Guinness, who tried to conceive from the age of 18, was told as a 15-year-old that her unusual anatomy would make it difficult to start a family.
After six miscarriages in her search for children, the 26-year-old begged the NHS for an operation to remove the tissue band that separated her sexual organs in two.
Surgeons would have rejected her request because it was too risky, so the beautician asked her sister if she would consider her surrogate.
Mrs. Guinness, from Brentwood, Essex, finally found a specialist at Ipswich Hospital who offered her life-changing surgery to remove the skin wall in October 2018.
Just eight months later, Mrs. Guinness and her partner, Anthony Latta, 30, discovered that they were expecting. She is now 26 weeks pregnant with their son, Reggie.
Mrs. Guinness now has a womb, but still has a wall that separates her cervix and vagina, which means she has to give birth to Reggie through the C-section.
It is believed that her malformation, known as septate uterus, makes pregnancy difficult because the baby cannot survive if it adheres to the skin band.
Nicola Guinness, 26, and her partner, Anthony Latta, 30, have finally become pregnant. Mrs. Guinness had six miscarriages for eight years due to a rare condition
Two years ago, it was revealed that a tissue band in the middle of her uterus, cervix, and vagina complicated Mrs. Guinness's pregnancies. She is pictured in the hospital when she was operated on to remove the wall in Ipswich Hospital
Mrs. Guinness, who only received the correct septate uterus two years ago, said: & I started trying to get pregnant as soon as I was 18.
"I had always dreamed of becoming a mother, so I wanted to give myself the best chance and start as soon as possible.
& # 39; But every time I became pregnant, I would only reach four weeks and then I would have a miscarriage every time.
& # 39; I was deeply sad and so depressed, I remember that I would cry for hours and wonder why this happened to me. & # 39;
Reggie will be born via c-section in February
She added: Fighting for surgery was the worst time of my life, because I knew something could be done, but doctors were not willing to help me.
& # 39; They just sent me a letter telling me I couldn't have children – we were devastated. Now it means everything to be so close to a mother.
& # 39; Most mothers only have to wait nine months to meet their baby, but I have waited eight years to meet mine. & # 39;
From her first menstrual period, Mrs. Guinness realized that she was different and noted that she would still bleed despite the use of tampons.
This was because she would place the tampon in one vagina, but blood still escaped from the second uterus and vagina.
She claims that she was initially incorrectly diagnosed with a condition called uterus didelphys – which on a scan is very similar to complete uterus septum.
Also known as a & # 39; double uterus & # 39 ;, it occurs when the tubes that create a uterus in a female fetus do not come together completely. Instead, they each develop in a separate structure.
A double uterus can have one cervix – the neck of the uterus – in one vagina, or there can be two cervix and vagina's.
Armed with what she thought the answer was, Mrs. Guinness said: & It meant that I might have problems getting pregnant, but that I could carry a baby as soon as I was pregnant.
The couple discovered that they were expecting a baby, later it turned out to be a boy, eight months after Mrs. Guinness had undergone surgery to remove the skin wall in her womb
WHAT IS A SEPTATE UTERUS?
Septate uterus is one of the most common abnormalities of the uterus and is associated with the worst reproductive results.
Women often experience repeated loss of pregnancy, premature birth or infertility.
It occurs during fetal development when a membrane called the septum divides the uterus in the middle. The fabric band can be thick or thin, partial or complete.
It is not entirely clear why women are more at risk of miscarriage if they have this condition. One theory is that the septum cannot provide the right support that is needed for a healthy pregnancy because oxygen is not supplied in sufficient quantities.
The condition can be treated with surgery, which considerably improves the chance of having a baby.
Sometimes a septate uterus is incorrectly diagnosed as a bicornuate uterus – one that is heart-shaped – or uterus didelphys. Also known as a & # 39; double uterus & # 39 ;, it occurs when the tubes that create a uterus in a female fetus do not come together completely, instead they each develop in a separate structure.
The prevalence of septate uterus is unclear, but is believed to be the cause of up to 15 percent of reproductive problems.
& # 39; They advised me to try it early. & # 39; But after years of unsuccessful attempts to have a baby, Guinness was sent in 2017 for more screening tests.
She said: & # 39; I had test after test, but it was only two years ago that I received a letter from my doctors saying that I actually had full uterus septum and that I could never bear a baby. & # 39 ;
Known as a septate uterus, deformation occurs during the development of the fetus before birth. It is thought that it affects between three and 15 percent of women who have reproductive problems.
It usually has no symptoms, but Mrs. Guinness said she could feel the tissue band at the opening of her vagina.
Women with a septate uterus run an increased risk of miscarriage, but it is not clear why.
One theory is that the skin band cannot provide the right support or oxygen that is needed to grow an embryo if it is attached to it.
Guinness, destroyed by the news at the age of 24, started looking for new answers about what could be done to remove the skin.
After Guinness discovered that a simple two-hour keyhole operation could remove that part of the septum, she asked doctors at Addenbrooke's Hospital whether they would perform the operation.
But she claims they refused because there was a risk that the operation could make her infertile.
Mrs. Guinness, who had been looking for a baby with partner Latta, a power judge for two and a half years, even asked her sister Leanne, 29, to be her surrogate.
But then her cousin, an obstetrician from Ipswich, found a doctor at her NHS trust who specialized in the condition.
Guinness claims that doctors at Addenbrooke & # 39; s hospital refused to remove the skin wall in her womb because there was a risk that the operation could make her infertile
The surgeon removed the septum, which is shown in the center
Mrs. Guinness said: “I still had not given up, my sister agreed to be my surrogate, and I would have continued if my cousin had not found a surgeon to help me.
Reggie will be born through a C-section in February because Mrs. Guinness still has a partition separating her cervix and vagina.
She said: & # 39; Even when I became pregnant after the operation, I was really negative.
& # 39; I started spotting around four weeks and I had all the pain that I usually do when I have a miscarriage, so I thought I knew what was going on.
& # 39; But when we went to the hospital, they did my blood and told me that the baby was still okay and that it was just blood from the other half of my cervix and vagina. & # 39;
The first time that mother even saved £ 1,000 on a bib with a & # 39; wonder baby & # 39 ;, Reggie before the arrival of Reggie, a cot, pram and baby clothes.
She said: & # 39; Now I can't wait to meet him.
& # 39; I never gave up and I am so glad I kept fighting to get the operation, because if I hadn't, I might never have gotten that far. He is our little miracle. & # 39;
A Cambridge University Hospitals spokesperson said: “We strive to provide patients with the very best treatment and guidance, but if someone has a complaint, it is important that they contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service as soon as possible ( PALS), who will investigate this. it thoroughly and in accordance with our protocols. & # 39;
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