Kaylee's Surgical Fund

$22,495 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 498 people in 12 months
Amanda Moats
on behalf of Kaylee Moats
 GILBERT, AZ

My name is Amanda Moats, and I am writing this for my sister Kaylee Moats, who has been diagnosed with a rare condition called MRKH (Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome). We received this crushing news in the doctor’s office when she was 18 years old, after never having a menstrual period. After having a MRI completed, the doctor determined that she did not have a uterus, cervix, vagina or vaginal opening. As you can imagine, it was hard to process all of this information and we were all heartbroken. 

As a sister, there was nothing worse than getting that phone call and knowing that my sister’s dreams for her life were changed so drastically in an instant, with nothing I or anyone else could do to make it better. 

Kaylee will never be able to carry her own children. The dreams we had of raising families together are going to look a little different than we had initially planned. This diagnosis raises a lot of fears, concerns, and insecurities in Kaylee about her identity and her future. The options of surrogacy and adoption give her some hope but she will never be able to carry her own children. After receiving the news, she decided to focus on school and address the problem later on when she was ready.  

Here is some more information on the condition below.

MRKH

Vaginal agenesis is a congenital disorder of the reproductive system in females that affects approximately 1 in 5,000 females. In this disorder, the uterus and the vaginal canal do not develop properly during the pregnancy and the female is born with a very short vaginal canal or no vagina at all. The condition is typically not detected until puberty when the teenage female is delayed in getting her menses or it may be discovered with first attempts at having sex. 

 
Kaylee just graduated from college in May and knew it was time to get with a doctor and see what could be done. Through many hours of research and direction from the MRKH foundation, we have found two surgeons in the Atlanta area that are well equipped to help. They can perform a surgery that will create a vaginal opening, allowing Kaylee to be able to have an intimate relationship like any other woman would experience. It would give back a part of her that has been missing since birth and dramatically improve her quality of life. The surgery lasts 1-2 hrs and has a 96% success rate. As you can imagine, the whole family was very excited about this and Kaylee was ready to pursue the surgery. After a phone conference with the nurse liaison in Atlanta, we were told that the insurance companies consider this a cosmetic surgery and will not pay for it. We were crushed again as are many of the other hundreds of girls trying to get this surgery completed. We were left unsure about how to proceed, and how to pay for these expenses.

After reading through some of the MRKH blogs, many girls have been able to raise funds through a Go Fund Me page. We have decided to take this path and see what funds we are able to raise to help fulfill Kaylee’s dream. The cost of the surgery is $15,000 plus hotel, counseling and airfare to Atlanta. We would be forever grateful for anything you can donate. No amount is too small. Thank you for getting Kaylee one step closer to her goal and allowing her to have a brighter and happier future. 

With love,

Amanda Moats
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We are happy to report that Kaylee's surgery today was a success! We are very grateful to Dr. Miklos, Dr. Moore, and our nurse liason, Ashley for all of their help. Kaylee is in recovery and doing great, but she still has a long road ahead of her. Continued prayers are always welcomed. And as always, thank you for all of your support. It means the world to our family.
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Kaylee and the family have arrived safely in Atlanta and met with Dr. Miklos at Northside Hospital today to discuss the surgery. Kaylee's surgery will be tomorrow morning at 7am. We are happy we get to be here with her while she recovers and again, we are so thankful for your contributions and prayers as we continue this process, as it has understandably been hard on Kaylee. We will update you again once her surgery is over. Thank you again!
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We are so beyond grateful for each and every person who donated to help Kaylee's dream come true. We cannot thank you enough for your generous donations and words of encouragement. We will be scheduling her surgery for later this coming Fall. Thank you, thank you!!
P.S. Any extra money that comes in will go towards flights, hotel, etc. for our family to be able to accompany Kaylee to Atlanta for her surgery. Furthermore, the money will be used for surrogacy and adoption costs when that time comes. Thank you so much for your continued support.
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Tori Heenan-Van Horn
10 months ago

as a girl with MRKH that just got the surgery three weeks ago, I can honestly say its life changing. Kaylee I am very very very proud of you for not only sharing your story but raising awareness to this condition. positive thinking love and everything will work itself out!

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Erica Martell
10 months ago

To the anonymous benefactor who donated $3k an hour ago... blessed be.

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Frederick Holl
10 months ago

Please contact and research tissue engineering researchers in your area(San Diego/L.A.) for more information. I believe they are looking at engineered uterus also, you would seem to be a PERFECT candidate.

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Caroline Faria
10 months ago

Kaylee you are #100%woman Don't feel less just because you can't have a child. Being a mother is much more than being pregnant. ;*

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Jo Chapman
10 months ago

Hopefully you have appealed this decision to the insurance company. They like saying no at least once, and we should always challenge that initial refusal when we know it's wrong. I would also advise that you contact an attorney in order to challenge if you have no already done so. I am a paralegal, and I have successfully challenged for a past surgery that was initially denied as "cosmetic." After bringing a lawyer on board, there was an immediate approval. Best wishes to you.

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Lyndsay Wesseldyke
10 months ago

I am so happy to see you've raised so much! From one fellow MRKH sister to the next. We went the surrogacy route, which didn't work, and are now going through adoption! If you want to be a mother one day, it will happen! Feel free to reach out if you want to vent or talk about MRKH. It doesn't define who we are!

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Andrew Garrett
10 months ago

Kaylee, I am the proud father of four wonderful daughters. I read your story, here in England, and I wanted to send you our best wishes for your future operation. You are 100% a woman and we hope our small donation will play a small part it your bright and wonderful future. Big hug from across the ocean.

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Frederick Holl
10 months ago
9
9

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25399-engineered-vaginas-grown-in-women-for-the-first-time/

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Sabrina Copass
10 months ago
8
8

Kaylee, you have touched so many lives and I want to let you know that we all support you and love you. I know many of us are strangers but we are here for you. If starting a YouTube channel is something that you are interested in. I would definitely subscribe to you. I want to follow your journey, and I know I can speak for many of us. I will definitely donate once my paycheck comes in. Keep strong Kaylee! You are an amazing person . Remember this, how do you change the world? One person at a time!

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Alison Gothard
10 months ago
8
8

Hi Kaylee, I saw your story on YouTube, and want to wish you the best. I also want to offer you some advice, in that sex is not limited to penis-in-vagina intercourse. Sex is also kissing, cuddling, touching, massaging, and many many other activities that allow for intimacy. I highly recommend the book "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" as it discusses how the narrow view of what sex is can be problematic, and suggests other ways you can be intimate without penetration. When you have your surgery it will still be some time before you are healed enough to have intercourse, and in the meantime there are plenty of ways you and your boyfriend can make each other feel good! All the best of luck to you.

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Dennis Houmøller Christensen
10 months ago
5
5

Really nice, to see you've reached the goal, all the best too you. :) But really, vote for some change over there, in the US... In many countries here in Europe, that operation would have been performed in a state run hospital and fully covered by the taxpaid healthcare.

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Sarinha Gythien Tomoyo-chan
10 months ago
3
3

I don't have any money to help you at the moment because I'm unemployed. =/ But I'm very happy to see that you achieved the amount you needed! ^^ So I just want to say that it doesn't matter the fact that you don't know me... I'm praying for you! I admire your strength and how wonderful you are! You're a marvelous woman! Never feel any less than amazing! And I'm sure the person who will stay by your side will be lucky and intelligent enough to know all that! Love and happiness for you for ever! ❤️

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Metaxia Tzimouli
10 months ago
3
3

Hello, Just a quick question: has dilation treatment been recommended by doctors before surgery? stay strong and positive!!

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Kyra Thornton-Klavetter
10 months ago
3
3

Hi, Kaylee. My friend has the same condition and told me that she used dilators recommended by her doctor and it's worked perfectly without surgery. She's married now and very happy with the outcome. Maybe an option? Much less invasive or expensive than surgery. Good luck!

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Neil Moulder
10 months ago
3
3

Kaylee, Check out Miklos and Moore - Atlanta and Beverley Hills. Brilliant surgeons. Good luck.

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Whitney Arrizola
9 months ago
2
2

Super sad to see this isn't an insurance covered procedure. I can't imagine how difficult this would be to live with. Always know that there are loads of people out there that don't even know you, but are routing for you 100%! You can do this! So incredibly happy for you that you have such a great support system in your family and your boyfriend, that's so great to see!

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Amy Rowlands
10 months ago
2
2

Good luck beautiful lady xx

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Shara Hernandez
10 months ago
2
2

You are a brave and beautiful woman. You are going to help so many overcome guilt and shame over something easily fixed. Insurance should have stepped up, but I believe research centers would have or teaching hospitals. Hopefully, your coming forward will make that possible for others. God Bless you.

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Valerie Smith
10 months ago
2
2

Please keep us updated girl!! Thoughts and prayers, go get that surgery whoop whoop

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Angela Wiggins
10 months ago
2
2

To dearest if this surgery doesn't happen then another solution is to awaken and do ascension www.heart-of-the-earthmother.com/forum there are people there to direct you to your personal elementals to start the healing process to heal the vagina area, and grow those organs there with the proper diet , herbs food combinations good luckAngela Wiggins

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Michael Fogg
11 days ago
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Best wishes to all. Kudos to Boyfriend & Family.

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Hal Preston
1 month ago
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I give this with love and a hearty FU to the insurance companies of the world, along with a hope that some day corporations will regain a measure of compassion.

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David Chester
1 month ago
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good luck

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1 month ago
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Matt Sanchez
2 months ago
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I wish the best of luck to you!

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Anonymous
2 months ago
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Tori Heenan-Van Horn
10 months ago

as a girl with MRKH that just got the surgery three weeks ago, I can honestly say its life changing. Kaylee I am very very very proud of you for not only sharing your story but raising awareness to this condition. positive thinking love and everything will work itself out!

+ Read More
Erica Martell
10 months ago

To the anonymous benefactor who donated $3k an hour ago... blessed be.

+ Read More
Frederick Holl
10 months ago

Please contact and research tissue engineering researchers in your area(San Diego/L.A.) for more information. I believe they are looking at engineered uterus also, you would seem to be a PERFECT candidate.

+ Read More
Caroline Faria
10 months ago

Kaylee you are #100%woman Don't feel less just because you can't have a child. Being a mother is much more than being pregnant. ;*

+ Read More
Jo Chapman
10 months ago

Hopefully you have appealed this decision to the insurance company. They like saying no at least once, and we should always challenge that initial refusal when we know it's wrong. I would also advise that you contact an attorney in order to challenge if you have no already done so. I am a paralegal, and I have successfully challenged for a past surgery that was initially denied as "cosmetic." After bringing a lawyer on board, there was an immediate approval. Best wishes to you.

+ Read More
Lyndsay Wesseldyke
10 months ago

I am so happy to see you've raised so much! From one fellow MRKH sister to the next. We went the surrogacy route, which didn't work, and are now going through adoption! If you want to be a mother one day, it will happen! Feel free to reach out if you want to vent or talk about MRKH. It doesn't define who we are!

+ Read More
Andrew Garrett
10 months ago

Kaylee, I am the proud father of four wonderful daughters. I read your story, here in England, and I wanted to send you our best wishes for your future operation. You are 100% a woman and we hope our small donation will play a small part it your bright and wonderful future. Big hug from across the ocean.

+ Read More
Frederick Holl
10 months ago
9
9

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25399-engineered-vaginas-grown-in-women-for-the-first-time/

+ Read More
Sabrina Copass
10 months ago
8
8

Kaylee, you have touched so many lives and I want to let you know that we all support you and love you. I know many of us are strangers but we are here for you. If starting a YouTube channel is something that you are interested in. I would definitely subscribe to you. I want to follow your journey, and I know I can speak for many of us. I will definitely donate once my paycheck comes in. Keep strong Kaylee! You are an amazing person . Remember this, how do you change the world? One person at a time!

+ Read More
Alison Gothard
10 months ago
8
8

Hi Kaylee, I saw your story on YouTube, and want to wish you the best. I also want to offer you some advice, in that sex is not limited to penis-in-vagina intercourse. Sex is also kissing, cuddling, touching, massaging, and many many other activities that allow for intimacy. I highly recommend the book "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" as it discusses how the narrow view of what sex is can be problematic, and suggests other ways you can be intimate without penetration. When you have your surgery it will still be some time before you are healed enough to have intercourse, and in the meantime there are plenty of ways you and your boyfriend can make each other feel good! All the best of luck to you.

+ Read More
Dennis Houmøller Christensen
10 months ago
5
5

Really nice, to see you've reached the goal, all the best too you. :) But really, vote for some change over there, in the US... In many countries here in Europe, that operation would have been performed in a state run hospital and fully covered by the taxpaid healthcare.

+ Read More
Sarinha Gythien Tomoyo-chan
10 months ago
3
3

I don't have any money to help you at the moment because I'm unemployed. =/ But I'm very happy to see that you achieved the amount you needed! ^^ So I just want to say that it doesn't matter the fact that you don't know me... I'm praying for you! I admire your strength and how wonderful you are! You're a marvelous woman! Never feel any less than amazing! And I'm sure the person who will stay by your side will be lucky and intelligent enough to know all that! Love and happiness for you for ever! ❤️

+ Read More
Metaxia Tzimouli
10 months ago
3
3

Hello, Just a quick question: has dilation treatment been recommended by doctors before surgery? stay strong and positive!!

+ Read More
Kyra Thornton-Klavetter
10 months ago
3
3

Hi, Kaylee. My friend has the same condition and told me that she used dilators recommended by her doctor and it's worked perfectly without surgery. She's married now and very happy with the outcome. Maybe an option? Much less invasive or expensive than surgery. Good luck!

+ Read More
Neil Moulder
10 months ago
3
3

Kaylee, Check out Miklos and Moore - Atlanta and Beverley Hills. Brilliant surgeons. Good luck.

+ Read More
Whitney Arrizola
9 months ago
2
2

Super sad to see this isn't an insurance covered procedure. I can't imagine how difficult this would be to live with. Always know that there are loads of people out there that don't even know you, but are routing for you 100%! You can do this! So incredibly happy for you that you have such a great support system in your family and your boyfriend, that's so great to see!

+ Read More
Amy Rowlands
10 months ago
2
2

Good luck beautiful lady xx

+ Read More
Shara Hernandez
10 months ago
2
2

You are a brave and beautiful woman. You are going to help so many overcome guilt and shame over something easily fixed. Insurance should have stepped up, but I believe research centers would have or teaching hospitals. Hopefully, your coming forward will make that possible for others. God Bless you.

+ Read More
Valerie Smith
10 months ago
2
2

Please keep us updated girl!! Thoughts and prayers, go get that surgery whoop whoop

+ Read More
Angela Wiggins
10 months ago
2
2

To dearest if this surgery doesn't happen then another solution is to awaken and do ascension www.heart-of-the-earthmother.com/forum there are people there to direct you to your personal elementals to start the healing process to heal the vagina area, and grow those organs there with the proper diet , herbs food combinations good luckAngela Wiggins

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