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Baby after seven miscarriages
Kelly Allen and baby Fletcher
Kelly Allen said she wanted to thank the hospital doctors publicly
A Swansea woman who has had seven miscarriages has finally given birth to a healthy son thanks to a specialist hospital unit.

Kelly Allen, 30, had resigned herself to adoption or surrogacy after five years of heartache and grief.

Her pregnancies were so delicate she lost a child watching the 9/11 terrorist attack unfold on television.

But two weeks ago her son Fletcher was born safely and weighed in at 7lbs 10 ounces.

When she became pregnant this February, Mrs Allen was referred to a specialist clinic at Swansea's Singleton Hospital.

Mrs Allen and her husband Dean said they wanted to thank the doctors and said they believed their case would offer hope to other couples.

"Only those who have experienced the heartache of multiple miscarriages will know the grief our family has gone through," she said.

"I endured a mixture of short and mid term miscarriages and we had resigned ourselves to the possibility of adopting.

"I was trying everything, including herbal remedies.

Singleton hospital, Swansea
The clinic at Singleton is the only one of its kind in Wales

"I became pregnant again in February. No-one can understand the mixed emotions this caused."

She was looked after by consultant Peter Bowen- Simpkins, Dr Jo Bibby and gynaecologist registrar Dr Fran Rushworth.

They offer women who have suffered three or more miscarriages investigative treatment and then specialist care when they become pregnant again.

Mrs Allen, from the Hafod area of Swansea, added: "The help I received from the team was wonderfully supportive.

"They made it possible for us to have our little miracle child. We were on the verge of giving up and then along came Fletcher."

Dr Bibby said the clinic was recognised as a tertiary service, which meant people anywhere in the country could be referred by their doctors.

"All women with three consecutive losses are offered investigation and those with two can be offered supportive care and an early pregnancy assessment," added Dr Bibby.

"The team is now seeking funding for a specialist nurse to offer the service to couples with two consecutive losses."




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