Connect with us

Real Life Heroes

Mom Of 5 Donates Uterus After Years Of Struggling With Infertility

Aprill Lane is the mom of five kids under the age of 7, but creating such a big brood was not simple for her. Ms. Lane, who lives with her family outside Boston, dealt with fertility issues of her own for years while she tried to have kids. And once her uterus had done its job, she decided to donate it so that another woman could hopefully use it to conceive her own baby.

“Infertility really, aside from the physical effects of it, it emotionally and socially affects you in a huge way,”Ms. Lane told ABC News. “If I could help one other person be relieved of some of that, I would.”

Ms. Lane and her husband Brian were diagnosed with “unexplained fertility,” the diagnosis given to couples who don’t seem to have any health issues stopping them from getting pregnant, but who are still unable to conceive without help.

They tried in vitro fertilization (IVF) for four years, and ended up adopting a boy before getting pregnant with their second son. They underwent IVF again to try for a third child, and Ms. Lane became pregnant with twin girls. Then a year later, they got pregnant unexpectedly and their third daughter was born.

During her struggles with infertility, Ms. Lane helped run support groups for other people dealing with the same issue. She also started a scholarship foundation to help people pay for their infertility treatments, which is how Ms. Lane ended up hearing about uterus transplants being performed at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

“My husband and I both felt like our family-building had been resolved but we weren’t necessarily resolved with building a family for someone else,” Ms. Lane said. “We knew pretty quickly after I got the call that I was selected that I was going to do it.” After a nine-hour surgery, Ms. Lane became Baylor’s 15th uterus transplant.

Dr. Liza Johannesson, a pioneer in the field of uterus transplants and Ms. Lane’s surgeon for the procedure, said of Ms. Lane, “Her story is incredible in itself because she was one of these women when she couldn’t have children, she chose options women had before uterus transplants. She knows the struggle very close up, what these women go through.”

As a result of the surgery, Ms. Lane couldn’t lift heavy objects for eight weeks and suffered possiblelong-term nerve complications. But she’d still do it all over again, she says.

“Now as a mom of five, I can say I have a pretty severe case of PTSD from what we went through,” she said of her struggles with getting pregnant. ”Still when I see a pregnant belly, it’s like a punch in the gut.”

She added, “If I could help just one family, that’s healing for me. [The surgery] is short-lived and my recipient has her whole life thinking she can’t carry children, so for eight weeks of feeling [bad], it’s worth it.”

h/t: ABC News

Trending Now

Judge Bounces New Lawyer’s Baby During Viral Swearing-In Ceremony, Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Cuteness

Trending

good news, positive news, uplifting news, inspiring news, positive news stories, good news stories, uplifting news stories, inspiring news stories, feel good news, feel good news stories, heartwarming news, heartwarming news stories, heartwarming stories, feel good stories, happy news, happy news stories, happy stories, uplifting videos, inspiring videos, positive videos, feel good videos, videos that make you smile, happy videos, heartwarming videos, uplifting viral videos, positive viral videos, inspiring viral videos, viral videos that make you smile, feel good viral videos, heartwarming viral videos, happy viral videos, good news, positive news, uplifting news, inspiring news, positive news stories, good news stories, uplifting news stories, inspiring news stories, feel good news, feel good news stories, heartwarming news, heartwarming news stories, heartwarming stories, feel good stories, happy news, happy news stories, happy stories, uplifting videos, inspiring videos, positive videos, feel good videos, videos that make you smile, happy videos, heartwarming videos, uplifting viral videos, positive viral videos, inspiring viral videos, viral videos that make you smile, feel good viral videos, heartwarming viral videos, happy viral videos,

Heroic Young Man Rushes Into House Fire To Save His 8-Year-Old Niece’s Life

Real Life Heroes

Boy Born Without Legs Gets Some Custom Philly Flyers Prosthetics—And A Surprise Visit From Gritty

Celebs With Heart

Father’s Viral Photo Inspires Pampers And John Legend To Put 5,000 Changing Stations In Men’s Restrooms

Celebs With Heart

Girl Overcomes Her Fear Of IV Bags By Inventing A Teddy Bear IV Cover To Help Other Sick Kids

Incredible Kids

This Principal Kept His Promise To Go Down A Water Slide Fully Clothed If His Students Improved Their Test Scores

Incredible Kids

Will Smith Stays In Character For Young Girls Who Think He’s Really A Genie At ‘Aladdin’ Premiere

Celebs With Heart

Woman Acts As Surrogate For Her Twin Sister Battling Cancer So She Can Still Have A Baby

Amazing

61-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth To Her Own Grandchild As A Gift To Her Son And His Husband

Amazing

Blind Mother-To-Be Gets To ‘See’ Her Son Before He’s Born With 3D Printed Ultrasound

Amazing

Connect
Love good news? Get it delivered straight to your inbox!

Sign up FREE!