Grandmother (55) welcomes triplets conceived through IVF
Published 06/04/2016 | 10:29
A 55-year-old grandmother has welcomed three healthy babies, who were conceived through IVF.
Sharon Cutts, a British nurse, spent more than £22,700 (€28,000) on IVF treatments before she fell pregnant with the triplets.
Because of her age, Cutts was not entitled to free IVF under the NHS, which only financially supports the process in women up until the age of 42.
The grandmother and her boyfriend Stuart Reynolds (40) took out loans exceeding £10,000 (€12,400) to undergo IVF procedures in the UK using donor eggs. However, none of the nine donated eggs survived in Sharon’s womb despite two attempts.
The couple then flew to Cyprus for a third procedure, which proved successful.
Ms Cutts is still married, but separated from her husband of 24 years with whom she has four grown-up children.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the mum-of-triplets said: “We got another loan out for £5,000 to try IVF again. We focused on Cyprus as they do IVF on people up to the age of 60.
“We chose an anonymous donor in July 2015 — we picked because of her likeness to me from the description.”
Towards the end of her pregnancy Ms Cutts spent 11 weeks in hospital to ensure the safe arrival of the triplets, which were delivered by caesarean section in a hospital in Nottingham. Each triplet weighed between four and five pounds.
Ms Cutts revealed that she has no regrets about choosing to become a mother at 55.
“We both have good, well-paid jobs and work hard, so plan to have the loans paid off in the next couple of years,” she told The Sun.
“I need to be fit and stay as well as I can. I spent 11 years in the Navy and ran four marathons. I know how to look after myself. “
“I also have great family genes. My mum is 75 and healthy and my greatgrandma lived until she was 100.
“I have longevity in my blood so there’s no reason why I won’t be around to meet the triplets’ children.”