Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

`There Were Times When I Wondered If We Were Doing the Right Thing. I Look at Grace Now and I Know We Did'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

`There Were Times When I Wondered If We Were Doing the Right Thing. I Look at Grace Now and I Know We Did'

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Byline: By Louella Houldcroft

Little Grace Charlotte Hutchinson is the baby her parents didn't dare believe they could have.

Diane Hutchinson - with the support of husband Gary - has endured the pain of 11 miscarriages and risked her life in her determination to overcome a rare medical condition and have a child.

But now, thanks to surgeons in Newcastle and Liverpool, Diane and Gary, of Tudor Walk, Kingston Park, Newcastle, have their dream baby.

Last night, Diane, who turns 40 next month, cradled Grace and said: "I still can't believe she's here. I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming.

"I was determined not to give up, but there were times when I wondered if we were doing the right thing. I look at Grace now and I know we did. She's just perfect."

Gary said: "At times I could only cope by blocking it out, but that didn't really help.

"It was all around me, but being a typical guy I found it very difficult to talk about. It's been worth it though. With the arrival of Grace I feel like 21 again, not 41."

Diane, who works for Newcastle City Council social services, married carpet fitter Gary in 1990 and they started trying for a family almost immediately.

But after a second miscarriage, Diane was referred to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for tests.

With doctors unable to diagnose the problem, the couple started fertility treatment in 1994 at the Newcastle Fertility Centre at the International Centre for Life.

Last night Diane said: "We felt so positive at the start - especially when I fell pregnant first time. It was just before Christmas and we were over the moon."

But the joy was short-lived.

The following March Diane miscarried at 17 and a half weeks.

They lost the baby girl they were going to name Charlotte.

It was the beginning of years of heartbreak.

Over the next two years, Diane lost four babies at different stages of development before becoming pregnant with four embryos.

But again, after just 10 weeks, tragedy struck when Diane started to haemorrhage.

One of the foetuses had embedded itself in the neck of the womb rather than inside it and was acting like a tumour, eating away at a major artery connected to the placenta. …

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