Mir­a­cle baby Matilda is dream come true

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - ALEX HIB­BERT

WITH a smile they thought they might never see, and a gur­gle they thought they might never hear, lit­tle Matilda Grace Lawrence sits be­tween her dot­ing par­ents play­ing hap­pily.

The nine-month-old truly is a ‘mir­a­cle’, as par­ents Richard and Laura call her, af­ter pi­o­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy gave them the baby they thought they would never have.

Af­ter ill­ness forced Laura to have parts of her ovaries re­moved, it was al­most im­pos­si­ble that she would ever have kids nat­u­rally.

But af­ter ground-break­ing Em­bryoScope tech­nol­ogy was given free to the cou­ple, of Church Lane, Gawsworth, as part of their £6,000 IVF treat­ment at the He­witt Fer­til- ity Cen­tre, doc­tors told them they had a 21 per cent chance of con­ceiv­ing.

The tech­nol­ogy works by tak­ing a pic­ture ev­ery ten min­utes so doc­tors can mon­i­tor how quickly the em­bryo de­vel­ops within the first few days of life.

And af­ter Laura got preg­nant, Matilda was wel­comed into the world by cae­sarean sec­tion weigh­ing 8lb 12oz.

BA cabin crew mem­ber Laura, 39, said: “Richard and I have been to­gether for three and a half years and we mar­ried in May 2013.

“Richard al­ready had two sons, how­ever we re­ally wanted to start a fam­ily to­gether. We tried to con­ceive nat­u­rally for nearly two years but, un­for­tu­nately, were un­suc­cess­ful.

“Now to have Matilda is un­be­liev­able – she re­ally is a mir­a­cle. When I think that she went from five lit­tle cells to an em­bryo and then be­came my lit­tle girl is in­cred­i­ble.

“My preg­nancy was not easy be­cause I had to in­ject my­self with twelve vials of drugs a day and I was still fly­ing with work at the time. But I had Rich- ard there for me, he is my rock and just the kind­est man. With Matilda too I feel very lucky.”

Laura says that she is still com­ing to terms with hav­ing Matilda in her life.

She added: “It is weird, know­ing she is there, smil­ing and play­ing.

“But she is ace, a per­fect baby, she sleeps through and is al­ways happy.

“It is amaz­ing to think that we could have given up hope and she would never be with us.

“But both Richard and I hope that by shar­ing our story, we can show other cou­ples go­ing through a sim­i­lar jour­ney that there is hope for them too.”

To find out more about The He­witt Fer­til­ity Cen­tre in Knutsford and its treat­ments, visit the web­site at www.the­he­wit­tfer­til­i­ty­cen­tre.org.uk or call 01565 635000.

●● Richard and Laura Lawrence with baby Matilda

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