A baby after 18 miscarriages
Angie Baker, who was trying for a child for 13 years was finally blessed with a baby girl who she calls a little miracle, and is named Raiya. Angie had 18 miscarriages before she finally gave birth.
She said, "I can't explain how I feel. I'm overwhelmed. It seems like a dream and I still have to pinch myself. She's perfect in every way."
Raiya is a healthy 10-week-old baby now and she was was born on December 9 last year.
Angie had even considered adoption if nothing else worked in her favour.
The ray of hope came with an article about a pioneering treatment offered by Dr Hassan Shehata at the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Dr Shehata who found Angie’s case challenging said, "You're more likely to win the lottery than have 18 miscarriages. Therefore there must be an underlying cause."
A specialist test conducted by Dr Shehata stated that Baker had high levels of a subtype of white blood cell, known as Natural Killer (NK) cells.
The cells that otherwise protect the body against foreign viruses took the foetus to be a foreign particle and attacked it every time Angie conceived.
Dr Shehata's pioneering treatment begins before conception and higher than normal doses of steroids are used
The equipment required to test costs between 150,000 pounds and 200,000 pound but Dr Shehata still hopes that the treatment would be available to all soon.
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