A "miracle baby" is celebrating her first birthday, and her parents are beyond grateful to those who helped them after she was born. Their ordeal to get pregnant resulted in 10 miscarriages during a decade.
Sarah and Mark Brennan are marking the very special day by giving back to the hospital team of physicians and nurses who cared for their infant child. The miracle baby was cared for at the Special Care Baby Unit at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, Wales, according to Wales Online.
The "miracle baby's" mother nominated the hospital for a charitable donation, and her employer gave £500 (about $784). The couple couldn't be more excited to be celebrating their daughter Eryn's first birthday, a remarkable milestone after all the heartache they suffered.
In 2014, Sarah and Mark were told they would never conceive naturally, after she suffered 10 miscarriages in 10 years, as reported by the website. However, the resilient couple didn't give up hope and, on their 11th attempt, they conceived their "miracle baby," who was born seven weeks early, weighing just three-pounds, 11 ounces.
The couple had added their names to the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) list and were ready to move forward when Sarah began feeling nauseous and suspected she may be pregnant. The 36-year-old decided to take a pregnancy test.
"I went into a state of stunned silence and started panicking about everything. It was just too hard to re-attach myself to the hope that maybe this time, everything would be ok."As far as Mark is concerned, he was elated, but cautious.
"It was wonderful to find out that Sarah was pregnant, but after so many miscarriages, we could not help but worry." he said.
Sarah and Mark -- who met when they were 18 -- were about to fly to Egypt on vacation when they got the wonderful news that this may be their "miracle baby." They scheduled for an ultrasound and after explaining to the technician this was their 11th attempt, they were told it was too early to say whether everything would work out for them.
Sarah's water broke at 29-weeks, but she didn't go into labor and stayed in the hospital for two-weeks. When she finally went into labor on September 30, 2014, their "miracle baby" was in breech position and had to be born with an emergency Cesarean Section.
"Although Eryn was born nearly two months early, she is a right little bouncer now. You would never think she was a premature baby," the proud mother said of her "miracle baby."
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