"I'm so lucky. Miracles do happen. This baby really is a godsend."
An ecstatic Cassie Chapple of UK
had the surprise of her life when
she was told that she was already pregnant when she went for an IVF test as an
option, as she had started HRT, and even more so since she was told she would
need an egg donor for conception. This after three consultants had told her she
had "next to no chance"
of having more children.
Her problems started following her previous pregnancy in which she gave
birth to a baby boy, Blake, now ten. Her menstrual cycle was erratic but she
put it down to hormonal imbalance.
She decided on finding out if she could conceive again, after meeting Steve
Fudge at age 39, and who is now her partner, though they were not thinking of
In 2008 Cassie was referred to Ashford hospital, Middlesex. Docs told her
she'd started early menopause at age 21 and needed hormone replacement therapy
(HRT) to boost estrogen, but that wouldn't help her get pregnant,
only protect her from osteoporosis and heart
But astoundingly, she found out she was five weeks pregnant just as test
results confirmed her chances of conceiving again even with IVF were slim. And
the baby is due to on her birthday, July 12.