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Woman with half an ovary gives birth to a healthy baby boy

Posted 01-17-2008 at 10:17 AM by ivf News Reporter
Daily Mail
David Wilkes
16th January 2008

She had given up hope of ever having a baby. Trudi Siviter had only half an ovary - and even that was not working properly. After cancer of the cervix as a teenager, two ectopic pregnancies and three failed attempts at IVF, Mrs Siviter and her husband thought it was impossible for her to have children.

Doctors agreed, and she was ready to have a hysterectomy. But three months before she was due to have the procedure, the 39-year-old was shocked and thrilled to discover she was pregnant - with a baby doctors and the ecstatic couple were calling a "miracle" on Tuesday. Mrs Siviter gave birth naturally to a son at Staffordshire General Hospital's maternity unit eight months into the pregnancy on December 7. Alfie weighed just 3lb 8oz, but despite being tiny was healthy.

Yesterday Mrs Siviter, a customer services manager for Tesco, said: "He's the miracle child from nowhere. "Last July I wasn't feeling well and, when I went for a check-up, they found I was pregnant. "And now to our amazement we have our little Alfie, who has white-blond hair, big blue eyes and is the double of his dad."

The proud mother, from Stafford, was first told she would never have children after cancerous cells were found in her cervix 20 years ago. She later had two ectopic pregnancies, where the baby develops outside the womb, which left her with only a small piece of fallopian tube. Her right ovary was removed, as well as half of her left one. Her womb was not thought to be strong enough to support a pregnancy and three attempts at IVF fertility treatment failed.

She and her husband Christopher, 40, had resigned themselves to never having children and threw themselves into organising foreign holidays - which they ended up cancelling when she finally learned she was pregnant.

"It just goes to show we can never say never."

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