Woman born without womb fundraising to fund IVF journey

A Liverpool woman born without a womb is fundraising to afford to have IVF after being denied by her local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group

Melissa Christopher, from West Derby, realised something wasn’t quite right when her periods failed to start by the time she reached the age of 18.

She was referred to specialists at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and after investigations, she was diagnosed with Mayer-Rotinkansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome – a rare condition that meant her reproductive organs were missing.

With no uterus, she would be unable to carry her own child and now, at the age of 32, she is hoping she can raise funds to have IVF with her husband-to-be, David, 30.

The couple’s only option is to begin a surrogacy journey.

She told the Liverpool Echo that the couple’s wedding was postponed until August, due to the pandemic, now want to focus on having a family.

She said: “I’ve always felt part of me was missing.

“The one thing that I want in my life is to be able to be a mum.”

The pair had further blood tests and it revealed that her hormone levels were as low as that of a 45-year-old.

The couple received even more bad news when they were rejected for NHS funding for treatment.

Melissa said: “I feel like we keep getting knocked back.

“I was holding onto the hope that we would get that funding. I sobbed my eyes out that day.”

The couple has set up a GoFundMe page to raise the £40,000 needed to cover a surrogate, donor eggs, and the IVF process attached to it.

To donate to the couple’s fund, click here.


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