A woman given a vagina grown in a laboratory has spoken of her hope to have a family one day.
She is one of four women born without a vagina who have been given the new treatment, revealed last week.
Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine engineered the organs using the women's own cells.
'But as the years pass and with the good results, you find a way of life which is different but not too far from normality.
'You start from a point where you are scared of everything, of trying anything – you feel you aren't normal.
'But with time, the support of friends and my partner, and the unconditional support of my mother who gave her all to understand me, I feel I am a very lucky person, fully satisfied.'
The unnamed woman, who lives in Mexico, was 18 when she was diagnosed with MRKH.
She said she had experienced 'moments of desperation' - especially when she was told she wouldn't have children - and the process had been difficult and painful.
But it was worth it - eight years on she says the organ works 'as if it weren't made in the lab' and her body has accepted it incredibly well.
The researchers also hope the treatment could be used to help women with vaginal cancer or injuries.She now hopes to have children, despite her options being limited - and dreams of the day she is interviewed surrounded by a large family,