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‘Is he really mine?’ - Couple celebrate birth of son after eight year pregnancy battle

PUBLISHED: 13:16 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:24 25 September 2018

Leigh Pipe and his wife Sammy-Jo with their baby Bodhi.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Leigh Pipe and his wife Sammy-Jo with their baby Bodhi. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

After battling polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a testicular cancer diagnosis and a miscarriage, the birth of their first child, Bodhi, was a day of elation for Sammy and Leigh Pipe.

Leigh Pipe and his wife Sammy-Jo with their baby Bodhi.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYLeigh Pipe and his wife Sammy-Jo with their baby Bodhi. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The couple, from Kirkley, had a tragic miscarriage only three months into their relationship. It took them eight years to conceive.

Mrs Pipe, 28, said she always wanted to be a mum, but the tragedy of having losing a baby gave her extra determination to keep going.

She said: “I always knew I wanted to be a mum but the miscarriage wanted us to keep going and start a family because once something is taken away from you it makes it hard because you wanted to be a mum and dad.

“If that hadn’t happened we would have been a bit less heartbroken about it but because that was taken away and we were robbed of it that made us want to start a family even more.”

Leigh Pipe and his wife Sammy-Jo with their baby Bodhi.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYLeigh Pipe and his wife Sammy-Jo with their baby Bodhi. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

In 2012, three years after the miscarriage, Leigh was diagnosed with testicular cancer, meaning one of his testicles had to be removed, drastically lowering his sperm count.

Then, in 2016, after years of struggling with PCOS symptoms, Mrs Pipe was officially diagnosed with the condition which also lowers fertility.

Following a radical weight loss in order to meet NHS conditions, the couple turned to what felt like their final roll of the dice, IVF treatment.

The first round, in which one embryo was implanted, failed, with the frozen embryo from the same round of IVF also not working later in 2017.

Mrs Pipe said: “We just felt we were up against so much and I lost faith that it was actually ever going to work. I am going through all this and thought I would be back to square one without my baby.”

Hopes that IVF would work were fading, but after the second round of IVF, Mrs Pipe got the news she always wanted.

Nine months later, Bodhi – who is now eight weeks old – was born.

Mrs Pipe said: “I just think ‘is he really mine?’, I hold him and cry and I cannot believe that after everything that we have got him. We definitely appreciate every day that we get with him.

“He is just the happiest little baby, he his quite content and as long as he has a full belly he is happy.

“One in six couples struggle with infertility and hopefully our story gives them hope that it will happen and that people should speak out for support.”

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