Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Campaign Couple's Baby Joy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Campaign Couple's Baby Joy

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Byline: By Julie Cush

A childless couple facing an eight year wait for fertility treatment are expecting their first baby - on Christmas Day.

Gary McGee, 30, and his wife Laura, 23, had been trying for a child for six years and were devastated to be told they could wait until 2011 for IVF help because of a postcode-lottery funding crisis.

They launched a battle to highlight the unfair system and were then offered a cheaper form of fertility treatment.

Although the chances of success were only 12 per cent, they decided to give it a go and were delighted when it worked first time.

Now they are looking forward to their new arrival who is due on Christmas Day.

Care worker, Gary, of Tanfield Lea, Stanley, said: "We can't put into words how overjoyed we feel.

"When the pregnancy test was positive we were speechless and couldn't believe we'd done it after being given such a slim chance of success.

"We haven't stopped crying, really. We had a scan at five weeks and the doctor said the baby was healthy.

"We don't care at all what we have and a healthy baby will make our lives complete. Laura has suffered badly with morning sickness but it is a small price to pay.

"Although we have got what we want the battle is not over - we will still campaign to help other couples."

IVF treatment costs pounds 2,000 per couple and North Durham NHS bosses told the McGees back in March that they could not afford to pay after the number of patients wanting help rocketed to 55.

The couple then launched a petition and waved a banner outside the Stadium of Light demanding justice for childless couples.

Mr McGee met Wynn Griffiths, chief executive of Derwentside Primary Care Trust, who promised a full review of services.

But in the meantime the couple were offered the chance of a cheaper, less invasive treatment called Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).

Its success rate is only 12 per cent and each cycle costs pounds 300. …

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