A young woman who was born without a vagina was given life-altering surgery to allow her to have sex, and now hopes to start a family.
Devan Merck, 23, from Fort Benning in Georgia, was devastated to learn she had no vaginal canal, a malformed uterus and no cervix when she was just 12-years-old, and was bullied for years by classmates who called her a ‘boy’ and a ‘freak’.
But she is now able to enjoy intercourse after surgeons created a man-made vagina using skin taken from her bottom, and now Devan and her husband Trent hope to have a baby with the help of IVF.
The 23-year-old, who was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, told how boyfriends would vanish when they learned of her condition.
‘For years I was bullied and felt different. Kids would call me a ‘boy’ and a ‘freak’ and boyfriends would disappear when they realised I wouldn’t have sex.’
When she was 16, surgeons cut open a thick layer of skin covering Devan’s vagina to create a vaginal opening, allowing her to have sex.
Devan Merck with her friend Megan Seaman at home in Fort Benning, Georgia. Megan also has the same condition
People who drink diet sodas daily have three times the risk of stroke and dementia compared to people who drink one less than once a week, researchers reported Thursday.
It’s yet another piece of evidence that diet drinks are not a healthy alternative to sugary drinks, and suggests that people need to limit both, doctors said.
While the findings do not prove that diet drinks damage brains, they support other studies that show people who drink them frequently tend to have poorer health.
The researchers, led by Matthew Pase of the Boston University School of Medicine and colleagues, studied more than 4,000 people for their report, published in the journal Stroke.
“We found that those people who were consuming diet soda on a daily basis were three times as likely to develop both stroke and dementia within the next 10 years as compared to those who did not consume diet soda,” Pase told NBC News.
Diet Sodas Raise Risk of Dementia and Stroke, Study Finds
The bruised and bloodied passenger who was forcibly removed this week from an United Airlines flight lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and “significant concussion” in the ordeal, his lawyers said Thursday.
Dr. David Dao, who fled war-torn Saigon before immigrating to America in 1975, was released from the hospital Wednesday, but will need reconstructive surgery and remains “shaken” by the experience, attorney Thomas Demetrio told reporters in Chicago.
“He said that being dragged down the aisle was more horrifying and harrowing than what he experienced in leaving Vietnam,” Demetrio said.
Passenger David Dao is dragged out of a United Airlines plane at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Monday, April 10, 2017. Tyler Bridges / Twitter
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have made significant progress in the search for new treatments for Parkinson’s disease. By manipulating the gene expression of non-neuronal cells in the brain, they were able to produce new dopamine neurons. The study, performed on mice and human cells, is published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Biotechnology.
By reprogramming cells in the brain the scientists were able to revert motor symptoms in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease and reproduce the cellular function and responses in human brain cells in the laboratory. The key to this discovery lies in the conversion of brain cells into a subset of nerve cells called dopamine neurons.
Dopamine neurons degenerate and die in the brains of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The research team showed that they can convert non-neuronal so called glial cells in the brains of mice into new dopamine neurons, in essence, creating new neurons.
Dopamine neurons degenerate and die in the brains of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Credit: iStock
President Donald Trump may want to consider swinging by the kitchen when he visits his plush Mar-a-Lago resort this weekend.
Florida health inspectors found more than a dozen violations during a Jan. 26 check of the Palm Beach, Florida estate, according to recently published reports from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations.
Three of those violations were labeled high priority, meaning they could contribute to foodborne illness. The club did, however, meet the minimum standards to remain in operation.
Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago: How much are they costing taxpayers?
April has been declared National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. At the heart of raising awareness and supporting prevention is education. Educating oneself about a sensitive, painful and extremely personal subject may seem challenging, especially when there exists a wide array of resources from which to learn.
Film is one of the many educational resources available. Both fictional and documentary films have explored the subject of sexual assault, so check out the following options and get to watching.