This Woman Is Finally Going to Get a Vagina, Thanks to the Kindness of Strangers

Amanda Moats/GoFundMe

When Kaylee Moats was 18 years old, she went to the gynecologist because her 12-year-old sister had gotten her period, but she still hadn't. The doctor told her she had a condition so rare that it affects one in 5,000 newborn girls.


It's called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH): Moats's vagina looks like how it should from the outside, but internally she doesn't have a uterus, cervix, vagina, or vaginal opening (she has dimpled skin instead). And although she still ovulates, this means she can't have vaginal sex or a period, and therefore can't birth her own children.

"It makes me feel less of a woman because I can't do what women are supposed to do," Moats said in an interview with Barcroft TV. "They're supposed to be able to carry children and create a family and have an intimate relationship, and I can't provide that." 

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Kaylee Moats
Kaylee Moats/Facebook

Reconstructive surgery -- not to be confused with cosmetic or gender reassignment -- to create a vaginal opening would change that for her, at least allowing her to be in an intimate relationship.

The surgery will cost upwards of $15,000, and it isn't covered by life insurance because it's not considered a life-threatening treatment (even though Viagra pills and vasectomies are often covered, as Moats's mom pointed out).

To afford the surgery, which'll take place in Atlanta, Moats and her family have turned to GoFundMe, and have already surpassed the $15,000 goal.

"As a sister, there was nothing worse than getting that phone call [about Kaylee's condition] and knowing that my sister's dreams for her life were changed so drastically in an instant, with nothing I or anyone else could do to make it better," her sister, Amanda Moats, wrote for the GoFundMe page.

Kaylee Moats
Amanda Moats/GoFundMe

"This diagnosis raises a lot of fears, concerns, and insecurities in Kaylee about her identity and her future," she continued. Moats's sister and other friends have already offered to be future surrogates.

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Moats's boyfriend of four months donates $50 per paycheck to her surgery. "I'm amazed that she hasn't let this define her, she's one of the nicest people that I know, one of the most caring people that I've ever met; she inspires me every day to be more like that," he told Barcroft TV.

"In the future, I hope to have my own family and have a child of my own DNA, but if that doesn't work because sometimes surrogacy doesn't always work, then I hope to adopt and not let having MRKH define me," Moats said. 

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