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Mum defies odds to have a bouncy baby

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

PROUD mum Kelly Ablitt says her new baby truly is a miracle - after she was told there was virtually no chance that she would ever have children.

Doctors have been amazed and thrilled by the birth of little Joseph, because they believed fertility treatment would be the only way his mum could conceive.

PROUD mum Kelly Ablitt says her new baby truly is a miracle – after she was told there was virtually no chance that she would ever have children.

Doctors have been amazed and thrilled by the birth of little Joseph, because they believed fertility treatment would be the only way his mum could conceive.

Now Kelly has a special message for women who are told they could go through life childless – "Never give up hope".

Kelly, 22, and her partner Toby Waltham, 21, are delighted with their new arrival to make their union complete.

"He is absolutely beautiful, so perfect. I cannot believe it. I had always wanted children and was preparing myself for a possible future in which that might not be possible and now here I am with a lovely baby," said Kelly.

Kelly, of Trimley St Mary, had been warned at the age of 12 that it might be difficult for her to have children after she had an operation to remove a "melon-sized" abscess from behind her womb.

At that time, the doctors said it was not possible to tell what damage the operation had done to her insides and she would have to wait and see.

In January this year doctors found a massive amount of scar tissue from the original operation, and blockage of her fallopian tubes. Her chances of conceiving were put at an "optimistic" five per cent.

"They said my ovaries and womb were OK and they did think that I would have every chance with IVF treatment," said Kelly.

"I was pretty down and quite distraught about it. Toby and I just decided to get on with things and it would be something we would think about later.

"Then, suddenly, I fell pregnant. It was amazing. We went for a scan immediately to ensure everything was as it should be – and it was! It was just a fluke. One little egg had somehow made its way against all the odds down the blocked tube and been fertilised. We were just so lucky!

"By the time I went back to see the doctor for a check up after my investigation op I was six weeks pregnant – and he was just thrilled. He had been preparing to tell me bad news! He said it gave everyone there so much encouragement.

"And that's what I hope it will give to other people in the same situation.

"I would tell them, never give up hope. I know it can be disheartening, but never say never. It can happen."

Baby Joseph was born in Ipswich Hospital at 2.20am on Saturday and weighed in at 8lbs.

Kelly is staying with her parents Gill and Dave Ablitt, of Chatsworth Crescent, Ipswich, until Joseph is settled and she and Toby can find a home for themselves in Coventry, where he is studying media at university.

Kelly has just graduated from Leeds with a degree in English Literature.

He had travelled down from Coventry a few days in advance to be sure of being with her during the birth.

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