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Case in point: Sharon and Paul’s story

Sharon and Paul's story

For Sharon and Paul Wheller, of Dereham in Norfolk, treatment at Barts and The London Centre for Reproductive Medicine has been an inspirational and emotional nine-year journey, resulting in the gift of life itself. 

Sharon and Paul initially attended the Barts centre in 1997, with follow-up tests and monitoring taking place at Barts and The London’s nurse-led clinic in Norwich, close to their home.

Sharon’s third cycle of IVF treatment led to the birth of George, but, tragically, he died at just three days old while still at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he was born.

“We couldn’t have wished for better support and counselling from Barts and The London’s staff at that really difficult time,” says Sharon

Although very emotional, the couple undertook two further IVF cycles, the first unsuccessful and the second resulting in an early miscarriage.  But with the last of the embryos saved from George’s IVF cycle, Sharon became pregnant again and Emily was born safe and well in 2004.

Over the years, the Whellers have witnessed at first hand the advancements in fertility treatment and technology, to which they credit their greater success with recent cycles.  

In 2006, Sharon and Paul decided to use the last of their embryos, which can be kept for up to five years. As a result, Sharon is now pregnant again.

 “The technology is amazing. When you see the embryos before they are implanted you can really feel the potential for life.”

What is IVF treatment?

In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) involves removing a number of mature eggs from the ovary, fertilising them in the laboratory, and, after two or three days, transferring two embryos back to the uterus.  Excess good quality embryos can be frozen and stored with the couple’s consent.