Julie Cameron was just 15 years old when doctors told her she would never have children. The distraught teenager was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome, an extremely rare condition that meant she was born without a womb, cervix or fallopian tubes. So imagine her surprise 20 years later when Julie learned that she actually had two healthy ovaries - by using Google.
She typed the name of her condition into the search engine one night and was stunned to find that although she could never carry a child, her ovaries could produce eggs
Doctors 'never mentioned' that modern fertility techniques meant she could, in theory, could have a biological child using a surrogate. After discovering her ovaries carry healthy eggs, Mrs Cameron has found a willing surrogate and is now rying to raise £5,000 for the first round of IVF treatment.
If that works, she will need a further £10,000 to pay for surrogacy expenses. She said: 'It was a complete revelation - I just Googled it and the article that came up was about surrogacy. 'The article mentioned that women with my condition have no womb but still have healthy ovaries. I thought, "you have got to be kidding me".
'I got myself checked out and found I too had healthy ovaries. 'I always thought having a child was impossible for me and would Unable to qualify for IVF, Mrs Cameron and her chef husband, 31, are now on a fundraising drive to make their dream of becoming parents come true.
Mrs Cameron said: 'Having spent 20 years believing I had absolutely no chance at all of having a child, to discover I have healthy ovaries and there is a chance for me is still all quite surreal.
'As a teenager I had always wanted to be a teacher because I loved children and always had done. 'I took for granted that in some point in my future I would get married and have children of my own. 'So it was devastating when I was diagnosed, it felt like the bottom had fallen out of my world. 'I couldn't get my head around the thought that when I was gone there would be nothing of me to leave behind - that when I died it would be like I never existed.'
Husband Marti said that for 10 years he too had thought he would never be able to have his own child with his wife.
He said: 'We would have been looking into fostering and adoption and things like that and we still would have been none the wiser. 'The internet is full on information for people of all sorts of ages but I wouldn't have expected Julie not to have known something like that anyway. 'She's an intelligent woman and I thought every avenue had been explored.
'Now it's just a case of keeping our fingers crossed and hoping it works.'
Susan Seenan, from Infertility Network UK, said: 'Infertility is extremely difficult to deal with and finding out you will never have children is one of the hardest things a woman could face. 'It must have been awful thinking she was infertile for such a long time.
'It is absolutely lovely that they can now look forward to having a child of their own.'
If you want to help the Camerons raise the money for IVF, join the Help Julie and Marti Cameron to get their very own Baby Cameron! group on Facebook
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