Leona Doherty has a condition called uterus didelphys, which affects a very small percentage of women, and essentially has two wombs and two vaginas. She had become pregnant in the past but had suffered multiple miscarriages and, a year later, nearly died from a stroke, kidney and liver disease.
Finally, Leona became pregnant and had a viable pregnancy — allowing her to give birth to a baby by Caesarean section. Her little miracle named Hugh was born in December weighing just 5lbs 9oz.
“Doherty’s chances of conception were halved because each of her wombs had just one fallopian tube and one ovary – which makes having a baby even more difficult,” a report in the London Daily Mail says. “But after 14 years of trying to have a child with husband Gary, 41, she conceived a healthy baby in one of her wombs.”
Leona’s story comes on the heels of another amazing report of a woman born without a womb giving birth to twins.
Doherty, of Derry, Northern Ireland, said: ‘Hugh’s birth was the most amazing, unbelievable feeling.
‘I still can’t believe he’s mine, even now. For 14 years we tried to have our own children and we never gave up hope. He’s our miracle. We’ve been through so much to have him, but I never gave up hope.
Always have faith and hope. Despite everything I honestly believe that there’s always something good at the end of it. It is just amazing – you forget about all the pain. I love being a mum. We are just enjoying every minute with Hugh.’
Doctors made the shocking discovery she had two wombs when investigating why Mrs Doherty was having difficulty conceiving.
Only one in 5 million women are said to be affected by the rare condition uterus didelphys.
The condition is normally diagnosed during an examination, a smear test or in a scan during pregnancy.