Woman falls pregnant through IVF six months after losing her husband to cancer
Published 27/05/2016 | 13:29
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.
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.
It's a strange thing, being single on your anniversary. I still wear my wedding rings. Because I still very much feel married. But I know technically, I'm not. Seven years ago we stood under the gorgeous oaks of Oak Alley Plantation and said our vows. One day I might wrap my head around all of it. But not today. Today I will be thankful for the six short but sweet years that I had the honor of being Sam's wife. There's a link to the video that played after I spoke at Sam's service in my profile. I think @hollyaudreywilliams says it best. "If you ever slip out of my hands, I could say I held, I could say I knew, I could say I loved a good man."
"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.”
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.”