'Dreams do come true': Couple who spent 35,000 on 44 IVF treatments have baby boy after TWELVE YEARS of trying to conceive
10:56 GMT, 11 April 2012
A couple who spent 35,000 on 44 attempts at IVF have written a book charting their heartbreaking journey – with a miracle ending.
Trudie and Lloyd Thompson finally gave birth to healthy baby boy Jaja after 12 agonising years of fertility treatment.
The pair, from Leyland, had to remortgage their home and spent all their savings on medical bills.
Trudie and Lloyd Thompson with their miracle son, Jaja, now 12, after spending over a decade trying to conceive using IVF
They were given one last chance using life savings borrowed from Trudie's mother and amazingly, succeeded in getting pregnant.
Now Trudie and Lloyd, both 50, are hoping to help others going through a similar experience.
They are donating royalties from book sales to St Mary's Hospital in Manchester, where they underwent IVF.
After running out of money, Trudie was given one last chance to conceive, borrowing her mother's life savings
The couple started trying for a baby as soon as they got married in 1986.
But after one year of not conceiving and with no obvious health issues, Trudie was diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility.'
She was given three cycles of IVF on the NHS but despite producing and fertilising 22 eggs, she failed to get pregnant.
In total, Trudie had 132 embryos implanted, three at a time, over twelve years – and also tried naturally to conceive – with no luck.
But desperate to become a mother, she never gave up.
The couple have now written a book, hoping to help others going through a similar experience, and royalties will go to St Mary's hospital in Manchester, where they received the fertility treatment
Trudie, now a civilian police worker, told The Mirror: 'During our IVF years I died a million times inside such
was my despair. But our experience is proof dreams can come true.
'Despite everything we went through, all we feel now is utter happiness because that experience gave us Jaja.'
Despite the joy of raising a son, now 12, Lloyd is still suffering from the financial toll of fertility treatment.
In total, Trudie had 132 embryos
implanted, three at a time, over twelve years – and also tried naturally
to conceive – with no luck until Jaja was born in 1999
The shop manager also faced bankruptcy after his financial courier service failed during the financial crisis.
But they have no regrets.
Trudie said: 'I feel so desperate for all the other couples still walking those lonely miles and I want to help them.
is why we have written our story. If it can help just one other couple
going through what we went through, it will be a huge achievement.'
Dreams Do Come True: The Amazing Story of One Family’s Triumph Over IVF and Bankruptcy, by Trudie and Lloyd Thompson, 10.95