At just 23 years of age, Jodie Wyers was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma, a potentially life-threatening form of cancer.
Jodie and her husband Aden had always planned to have children together but discovered her treatment would render her infertile.
In a last-ditch effort, before she started intensive chemotherapy, they tried a round of IVF, but were unable to freeze any eggs.
The young couple had given up. “I thought that’s it, that was our only hope,” Jodie told Daily Mail Australia.
But the pair spoke too soon. On May 16, 2015, the couple welcomed their miracle baby, Evie. “She changed our lives completely,” said Jodie. “You look at her and just just have to smile.”
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So how’d they do it? Jodie is the second woman in the world to give birth using ovarian tissue grafted into her abdominal and pelvic walls. This incredible treatment was first used in 2013, when a woman gave birth to twins seven years after she had her ovaries removed.
Although it is an experimental technique, Jodie became pregnant after 10 months of using frozen ovarian tissue and 5 IVF cycles to stimulate and produce fertilized eggs.
The very happy couple waited until Christmas Day, 14 weeks after she got pregnant, to surprise Jodie’s parents by slipping the ultrasound into their presents. “There were tears all around. It was very emotional,” said Jodie.
The happy family haven’t decided whether or not they will undergo another round of IVF for baby number two. But miracles do happen, a second time around.