A simple blood test was the key to Carol Ions getting pregnant after 12 years.
After four unsuccessful courses of IVF, she discovered she had a gene mutation which affected the clotting of her blood and, potentially, her ability to conceive.
Carol, aged 41, of Halfway, was given daily injections of a blood-thinning drug during IVF treatment and now she and husband Nick are “absolutely ecstatic” after daughter Neve, was born in the Jessop Wing.
“I just feel like Neve is a miracle,” she said. “We had waited three years to do this treatment because I couldn’t get my head around doing it again, IVF is such a rollercoaster, and it was the last time we were going to try.”
Carol, a civil servant, and Nick, a telecoms engineer, turned to doctors at the CARE fertility clinic in Nether Edge, spending £8,500 on treatment and tests.