Sunday 22 October 2017

Woman falls pregnant through IVF six months after losing her husband to cancer

Kristin with her two children Photos Instagram @ktripson
Kristin is expecting her late husband Sam's third child Photos Instagram @ktripson
Kristin's late husband Sam with their two children. Photos Instagram @ktripson
Kristin and Sam had two children. Photos Instagram @ktripson
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

An American woman who lost her husband to cancer has announced that she is expecting his child after conceiving through IVF.

Kristen Tripson (34) tragically lost her husband Sam in 2015, after a three year battle with lymphoma.

Kristin is expecting her late husband Sam's third child Photos Instagram @ktripson
Kristin is expecting her late husband Sam's third child Photos Instagram @ktripson

The couple, who had two children together, froze their viable embryos soon after Sam’s diagnosis in 2012.

“Though we never talked much about ‘the end,’ we did talk about our embryos,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.

“I know it’s a very personal, private subject, but to us, they were our potential children. On ice.

“It was always our plan, regardless of what happened, that they would have a chance at life. Over the past 6 months there has never been a doubt as to what I was going to do. Even in ICU during his final hours I knew what I was going to do.

"After he was gone I laid next to him for a long time. I prayed for the strength I would need to get up and leave the hospital and eventually, when I was ready, to move forward with our plans.”

In the months after Sam’s death, Kristin decided to push forwards with IVF, and is now 17 weeks pregnant with her late husband’s third child.

“I know this isn’t going to be easy,” Kristin told Us Weekly.

“I’m so excited to meet this little person. It’s hard to process, but just having a chance to meet another one of Sam’s children, it just blows my mind.”

Kristin's late husband Sam with their two children. Photos Instagram @ktripson
Kristin's late husband Sam with their two children. Photos Instagram @ktripson

The mum is expecting her third child in October and she said she is thrilled to have another reminder of her husband in her life.

“He was so funny and so silly and I love it when I see that in my children now, because I worry, oh my goodness, I don’t want these kids to be exactly like me. But it’s amazing how his qualities are in them.  I get little reminders of Sam every day.”

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