A mum born with two sets of reproductive organs has spoken about her “miracle” babies that were conceived in separate wombs.
Faye Wilkins, 31, was warned by doctors that she may never fall pregnant after she was born with uterus didelphys – a rare condition that causes her to have two vaginas, two cervixes and two wombs.
But miraculously, after six miscarriages, she has gone on to have two children – one in each womb.
After giving birth to two healthy babies, Molly, 7, and George, 2, Faye is now sharing her story to raise awareness about the condition.
Faye, a healthcare assistant from Plymouth, Devon, said:
“At the age of 14 I couldn’t believe it when doctors told me I was born with two vaginas, two cervixes and two wombs.
“I was in complete shock as I’d never noticed the condition before as the differences were only internal.
“All my friends had started their periods but I was only suffering from stomach cramps but nothing else.
“As the pain got worse my mum, Polly, took me to the doctors thinking I had an ovarian cyst because a lump had formed but no-one would scan me.
“At least eight months later and after multiple visits to my GP, my uterus ruptured when I went to the toilet and I heard a huge pop and knew something inside me had exploded.
“I was in agony, there was so much blood and I rushed to hospital where doctors examined me and finally diagnosed me with UD.
“The condition had caused a blockage and my menstrual blood to build up, which had reached 12cm in size.
“Within two months I had surgery to make my two vaginas into one to prevent my uterus rupturing again.
“I was warned after my diagnosis that it would be difficult to conceive due to reproductive organs being half the size they should be, making implantation harder.
“Thankfully though I have my two little miracles now and I’m just so pleased they were born healthy.”
As well as uterus didelphys causing recurrent miscarriages it can also in extremely rare cases cause a woman to fall pregnant in both wombs at the same time – both babies can then be delivered days apart.