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Woman who lost 18 babies due to 'killer cells' finally gives birth

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Oct 21, 2017, 5:12 pm IST
Updated : Oct 21, 2017, 5:12 pm IST

Louise Warneford's condition causes her body to destroy unborn embryos.

Despite spending a whopping £80,000 on IVF treatments over nearly 20 years, Louise agonizingly lost 18 babies. (Photo: AFP/ Representational Image)
 Despite spending a whopping £80,000 on IVF treatments over nearly 20 years, Louise agonizingly lost 18 babies. (Photo: AFP/ Representational Image)

A Swindon woman, who suffered from 18 miscarriages for over two decades finally gave birth at the age of 48.

Louise Warneford suffers from a condition which causes ‘killer cells’ in her body to destroy unborn embryos.

 

Despite spending a whopping £80,000 on IVF treatments over nearly 20 years, Louise agonizingly lost 18 babies.

Finally, Louise and husband Mark, made the devastating decision to give up trying for a baby in 2010.

However, Louise wanted to give herself one last chance of achieving her dream of becoming a mum and the couple underwent embryo donation in the Czech Republic in 2015.

Incredibly Louise fell pregnant and gave birth to son William in June last year - 18 years after first trying for a baby.

According to a story published in The Mirror, recalling her failed pregnancies, Louise, said: “Every single time I ended up losing the baby around the 14-week scan mark.

 

She went on to add that each time she got her hopes up thinking that ‘this was it’ and could not stop crying every time she miscarried.

“Each time I got my hopes up and thought that 'this was it' and I was going to have the perfect family I'd always wanted.

She added, “I gave up in 2010 as I couldn't go through the emotional turmoil anymore. There is no grief that can compare to losing a much loved and wanted baby - all your hopes and dreams are shattered. We'd even tried using an egg donor but that failed as well.”

Louise was eventually diagnosed with the ‘killer cell’ condition which meant her body was rejecting the embryos.

 

The child was born at 37 weeks through a planned c-section.

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