After facing infertility and going on to raise five kids, one mom decided to give the greatest gift she could to another mom when she donated her uterus.

After struggling to become pregnant for several years, Aprill Lane and her husband were diagnosed with infertility. They eventually adopted a son and had twins through in vitro fertilization—and were blessed again when they amazingly became pregnant naturally not once, but twice.

Now with five kids under seven, Lane decided that she wanted to give another struggling mom that same miraculous chance that she was given. “It’s heavy,” Lane said. “It’s a huge burden as a female feeling like you are failing the one part of you that you’re meant to do,” she told WFAA News, about grappling with infertility.

Last year Lane donated her uterus to an anonymous woman as part of a clinical trial at Baylor University Medical Center. The trials have already resulted in two successful births over the last two years.

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Lane has also helped those struggling with infertility in other ways. In 2010, she founded AGC, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing both advocacy and scholarships for those struggling with infertility in the United States. The AGC Scholarship provides financial assistance to people who don’t otherwise have the resources to become parents while struggling with infertility.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

All photos: Courtesy of Aprill Lane

 

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