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Tuesday, 30 October, 2001, 18:16 GMT
'Miracle' birth stuns medical experts
Immogen and Dominic with their mother
Pip Morris now has two children
A Midlands mother has confounded medics by conceiving a child naturally after a premature menopause left her infertile.

Pip Morris was told she would not be able to have children after going through the menopause aged just 16.

But after conceiving a son through IVF she stunned doctors by becoming pregnant again without fertility treatment.

Now with a two-year-old daughter, Immogen, Mrs Morris wants to help the 10,000 women who have gone through a menopause aged under 20.

'Devastating' blow

Mrs Morris, from Deerhurst in Gloucestershire, said the realisation that the condition had left her infertile was a great shock.

Immogen playing
Immogen plays 'ring-a-roses'

"It was devastating because it's not just the fertility side of things, it's your life's pattern that has been put out of synch.

"When you grow up you say 'I will have children, I will do this at this stage' and suddenly you are told 'you won't'."

Mrs Morris conceived her first child, Dominic, through IVF treatment, after waiting three years for an egg donor.

But the birth of her son seemed to kickstart her own biological clock.

She confounded medics by conceiving her second child naturally and is overjoyed at the success.

"It's very difficult to get your head round," she said.

No explanation

"All these years I had to come to terms with the fact that I couldn't have children and now I was told I could.

"They're just two miracle babies, two bundles of joy really."

Dr Masoud Afnan, from the Diana, Princess of Wales, Children's Hospital in Birmingham, said the reason for the turn around is unknown.

"In some cases, less than one in 100, the ovaries start to work again and we really don't know why.

"If we did know why then we would be able to help so many other couples."

See also:

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