A Hungarian woman who was born with two wombs, two vaginas and two cervix defied all odds and gave birth to a “miracle” baby in July 2023.
At the age of 28, Adel Varga was diagnosed with Herlyn-Werner-Wunderlich Syndrome, an extremely rare condition that can often increase the risk of complications such as endometriosis and infertility National Health Institute.
Varga has had one kidney, two wombs, two cervixes, one “normal vagina” and one “blind vagina” all her life – meaning she had a very short canal.
She suffered from pain for years and only found out about her rare condition when she was a young adult.
“I had had very painful menstrual periods since I was 14 and I knew something was wrong,” Varga told Caters news agency.
She saw several doctors over the years for answers about the anguish she was feeling and was often misdiagnosed.
At 20, Varga said she was diagnosed with uterus didelphys Cleveland Clinic describes a rare congenital condition in which the patient is born with two uteri.
“I had a normal vagina and a blind vagina and a second cervix,” she revealed. “Because of my blind vagina, which was full of menstrual blood, I couldn’t see it.”
Varga underwent vaginal septum surgery, in which a hole was cut to allow blood to flow out of the blind vagina, relieving her excruciating pain.
“After that, my periods were far more tolerable and I was also able to get rid of years of bacterial vaginal infections,” she added.
Although she got rid of the vaginal discomfort, she faced another problem: she needed to find a partner who understood her rare condition, which could prevent her from having a child.
“I had a three-year relationship that ended in early 2020,” she said. “I think because my ex was concerned about my condition and my ability to have children.”
Months after their relationship failed, she met her husband Balázs Pór.
Four months into the relationship, the couple tried to have a child, despite doctors’ concerns about her condition.
After two years of negative pregnancy tests, the couple discovered that Varga had chronic endometritis — an inflammation of the lining of the womb — in both wombs.
But she continued to deal with even more health complications that caused her pain.
“I started having back pain on my left side and one day it was so bad I thought I had kidney stones, so I was immediately sent for an ultrasound,” she recalls.
At 28, she discovered she had a kidney and was diagnosed with Herlyn-Werner-Wunderlich.
Still determined to have a child, Varga and her husband tried in vitro fertilization.
“Our first IVF attempt was successful, which we were so shocked about because even the fertility doctor said he didn’t think we would be successful,” she said.
Varga claims she was “terrified the entire pregnancy” as the baby grew in her left womb.
“It was so weird to see my belly growing to one side,” she giggled.
The new mom gave birth to baby girl Alice via cesarean section on July 13, 2023 at the age of 36 weeks because she was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a serious blood pressure condition that develops during pregnancy Cleveland Clinic.
The new moms and dads are grateful for the “opportunity to become parents” but content to just be parents family of three.
“We don’t plan on having another child because the whole pregnancy was very stressful,” Varga said, “and preeclampsia is genetic so it could easily happen again.”