A 35-year-old woman said she suffered 13 miscarriages before giving birth to a baby girl.
Laura Worsley, from Kenilworth, England, said she had 11 pregnancies which ended in the first trimester. She also lost two boys at 17 and 20 weeks. According to Professor Siobhan Quenby, Worsley had two conditions affecting her ability to have children.
The first miscarriage she suffered was in 2008. She and husband Dave Worsley said she took steroids and medication before welcoming her daughter, Ivy, who is now nine months old, according to the Daily Mail.
According to the BBC, she was diagnosed with Antiphospholipid Syndrome. They were told a high dose of folic acid might sort it, but it did not. They took part in trials, did all the tests and tried different medications, hoping something would work. After the initial diagnosis didn’t solve the problem, Worsley was diagnosed with Chronic Histiocytic Intervillositis, which prevents the body from getting pregnant.
“It was causing my placenta to die in places,” said the new mother. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to try again. But Professor Quenby said she had helped women with this successfully. I thought if there’s that one bit of hope, I had to try again. I spoke to Dave about it and he felt the same.”
She added that during the 14th attempt, she decided that this would be her last one. Pr. Quenby told the BBC that steroids were used to suppress Worsley’s immune system and drugs stopped her blood from clotting. While they understood that the steroids do have side effects, they both decided it was worth one more try. Worsley and her husband said they could never imagine having a child.
“We didn’t really tell anyone. It was the hardest thing to keep in but the hardest thing to share. I just kept thinking if we tell people, we’re going to jinx it,” she said.
Surgeons performed an emergency caesarean on September 12 last year and baby Ivy was born prematurely weighing just 1.7lbs. She was immediately taken to a neonatal incubator in intensive care and doctors warned she could develop sepsis.
“I just thought, she’s a fighter. She just kept going forward all the time, she never went back,” said Worsley.
After 11 weeks in the hospital, little Ivy was strong enough to go home. Worsley said that she is sharing her incredible story as she now wants other women to know that there is indeed hope.
“It’s so important to be able to make a difference for anyone else going through what I went through,” Worsley told The Independent. “Through my story, I want to give others the hope and strength to carry on even when things seem impossible.”