Her Joy At Finally Giving Birth To Little Boy , Quickly Replaced 10 Years Of Anguish And Despair At sᴜFFᴇʀɪɴɢ 16 ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs.
Kayleigh Wood sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ 16 ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs over a 10-year period before baby Reggie arrived safely last October. HOLDING her baby son in her arms for the first time, Kayleigh Wood was overcome with emotion.
“They didn’t really know what had caused the sᴄᴀʀring, but they removed it in the hope that it could help me continue with any further pregnancies,” she recalled.
Dᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ, and at one point driven to the point of being sᴜɪᴄɪᴅᴀʟ, Kayleigh feared she would never realise her dream of becoming a mum. For years, doctors were at a loss to explain why she was losing so many babies early in her pregnancies, often before eight weeks. But, after contacting her MP and his call for an investigation into her case, experts at the Royal London Hospital re-examined Kayleigh two years ago. They discovered severe sᴄᴀʀ tissue in her abdomen, and scheduled an op to remove tahe tissue. In the aftermath she sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ one more agonising loss, her sixteenth ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ.
When she fell pregnant for a seventeenth time, and in October she gave birth to her “miracle” son, Reggie. She said all the ʜᴇᴀʀᴛᴀᴄʜᴇ sʜᴇ ʜᴀs ᴇɴᴅᴜʀᴇᴅ ɪs ᴡᴏʀᴛʜ it, to finally be a mum at las
Kayleigh, who lives in March, Cambridgeshire, said: “I used to cry all the time because of all the babies I have ʟᴏsᴛ. But to hold Reggie in my arms at last was the most wonderful feeling – and helped make up for all that devastation.”
The mum-of-one, who lives with partner Tony Garner, first fell pregnant accidentally when she was 16, but she sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ her first ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ just weeks later.
She said: “I was shocked when I fell pregnant, but it was ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ when weeks later I sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ a ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ. I never thought then that I was going to go on and ʟᴏsᴇ so many more babies.”
She then fell pregnant several more times over the course of the next few years, but nothing was ever done to investigate the cause of her ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs.
“I kept going back to the doctors, who told me it was ‘just one of those things’ and nothing was ever done to look into why I was losing so many babies,” Kayleigh said
She went on to suffer a total of 15 ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs – losing all her babies before she reached eight weeks pregnant. Desperate for answers, she then decided to contact her local MP for help.
She said: “The doctors weren’t doing anything to help me and I was at my wits end. I had even considered at one point ʙᴜᴍᴘᴛᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴍʏ ᴏᴡɴ ʟɪFᴇ because I felt so desperate. So I contacted my MP and he was such a help. He contacted the hospital for me and insisted that they look into my case.”
The full-time mum, made it to her 12-week sᴄᴀɴ at Peterborough City Hospital – the first time she had ever reached the first pregnancy milestone.
“It was the most amazing feeling actually seeing my baby moving about on the screen before,” she recalled
The weeks ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ, and her pregnancy progressed as normal, her ʙᴜᴍᴘ growing and growing. But, two weeks before her due date, Kayleigh was told her unborn baby’s life was in ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ. Doctors discovered that the ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ Fʟᴜɪᴅ around her baby had ᴅɪsᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ, putting him at ʀɪsᴋ. They took her to the ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇᴀᴛʀᴇ, and performed an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ to deliver him at Peterborough City Hospital.
“I had worried every single day of my pregnancy that I was going to ʟᴏsᴇ him, and now this had happened. It was ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ.”
But the doctors managed to safely deliver baby Reggie, born weighing a healthy 5 lbs 3oz.