Baby joy for 'mother courage' Angie after 18 miscarriages
Published 19/02/2010 | 05:00
"MOTHER courage" -- how else could you describe Angie Baker who suffered 18 miscarriages trying for a baby before hearing the patter of tiny feet.
Ms Baker finally gave birth to a little girl, Raiya (right) following pioneering treatment.
Angie (33) from Peacehaven near Brighton in the south of England, said: "She's my little miracle."
Raiya was finally born on December 9 last year, weighing 7lb, and is now a healthy 10-week-old girl.
From the age of 20, Ms Baker's miscarriages occurred between five and eight weeks after conception. Doctors told her that it was "just one of those things" but she was convinced she must have a treatable problem.
After 17 miscarriages she contacted, in 2006, Dr Hassan Shehata.
A specialist test showed she had high levels of a subtype of white blood cell which is responsible for protection from foreign viruses.
Because Ms Baker's NK cells were too aggressive, they mistook the foetus for a foreign body and attacked it.
Dr Shehata's treatment, using steroids, started before conception.
Ms Baker became pregnant for an 18th time .But it was discovered she was diabetic and the high sugar levels caused by the steroids resulted in another miscarriage.
The doctor was able to adjust her levels of insulin and the next time her pregnancy was successful.