Over the course of two years, Andrea Henry suffered eight agonising miscarriages. Heartbroken, she had almost given up all hope of realising her dream to become a mother.
Doctors revealed the cause of her miscarriages, was a debilitating condition where cysts had grown all over her ovaries. Specialists advised she have her reproductive organs removed. And feeling so broken by the failed pregnancies, she took their advice and booked herself in for the operation.
But when it finally came to having the procedure, she ran away from hospital at the last moment,
unable to give up hope of one day having a baby.
Incredibly, eight years on, she has stunned medics after giving birth to three healthy children, Cayden-Lee, seven, Jessica, five, and Thomas, three.
According to DailyMail UK, Ms Henry, 27, from Nottingham, said:
‘All I’ve ever wanted is to be a mother, so when I lost my first twin babies my whole world fell apart. But I refused to give up and even through the heartbreak of the next seven miscarriages nearly killed me, I had to keep going.’
In 2006, Ms Henry was just 19 when she lost twins three months into the pregnancy.
Devastated, she attempted to conceive again and two months later became pregnant – only to lose the baby at eight weeks.
‘I couldn’t believe it was happening again and I started to worry that something was seriously wrong with me.’
Doctors at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham were ‘bewildered’, she said.
‘They just kept telling me it was one of those things and what we should keep trying,’ she added.
In the two years following, she lost five more babies. In 2007, at the age of 20, scan results confirmed she had ovarian cysts covering her entire ovaries. Doctors said it was highly improbable she could ever carry a child to full term – and that she should have the organs removed.
‘Doctors told me I had no problem conceiving but I could never be able to carry the children and I would miscarry with future pregnancies. I feel into such a deep depression.
The stress nearly ground me down and although I was distraught when doctors told me to get sterilised, I was also reluctant to admit defeat.’
In 2006, on the day of her sterilisation, she fled the hospital, refusing to believe that she could never be a mother. And in a twist of fate, this decision would end up being the best choice of her life.
‘I just couldn’t go through with it. I didn’t want to give up hope.’
Ms Henry then met the man of her dreams, Daniel Ebbern, now 27, and the pair decided to try to have a baby together. She soon became pregnant, but because of other medical conditions she suffered, including lupus, she was not hopeful.
In a bid to increase the unborn child’s chances, she took every precaution to ensure she would become a mother. She cut out fatty foods and caffeine from her diet and ensured her body was well nourished and rested.
She even underwent an agonising five-month stint of daily stomach injections in order to counteract the lupus, and thin her blood – a total 150 injections.
Against the odds in April 2008, she gave birth naturally at 39 weeks to Cayden-Lee, now seven, weighing a healthy 7lbs 4oz.
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Source – Dailymail.com