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5/30/2013 (2 years ago)

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Couple's 14-year struggle to conceive finally successful after surgery

Thirty-seven-year-old Jo Short is finally a mother, after 19 miscarriages. Trying to conceive with her husband for 14 years, Short finally has her miracle baby and can now begin to start her family proper.

Proudly bearing their healthy baby daughter Emily on T.V. talk shows, Stave and Jo Short explain that they successfully conceived her just months after Jo had pioneering surgery. The couple from Newport, Wales, appeared on ITV's Daybreak to talk of their experiences.

Proudly bearing their healthy baby daughter Emily on T.V. talk shows, Stave and Jo Short explain that they successfully conceived her just months after Jo had pioneering surgery. The couple from Newport, Wales, appeared on ITV's Daybreak to talk of their experiences.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

5/30/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Fertility, miscarriages, Wales, endometriosis, surgery

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Short had been diagnosed with endometriosis, a gynecological condition affecting almost two million women in the United Kingdom, where womb tissue grows painfully in other areas of the body. Jo and her husband Steve were told by eight different medical consultants that this wouldn't affect her chances at pregnancy.

Proudly bearing their healthy baby daughter Emily on T.V. talk shows, Jo explains that they successfully conceived her just months after Jo had pioneering surgery. The couple from Newport, Wales, appeared on ITV's Daybreak to talk of their experiences.

"It's been a real emotional roller coaster, really quite difficult, but it's been well worth it," Short said. "The challenge was there's limited research into the link between endometriosis and miscarriage.

"The frustration was in being told by eight different consultants that everything was normal and to go away and keep trying."

Steve adds, "The real difficulty is they tell you there is nothing categorically wrong. And every time you roll the dice and you get pregnant you hope something will change but you know deep down it won't."

Jo explained that over the years she had had four laparoscopies, which is a laser procedure that involves sticking a tiny telescope into the body to see what's happening inside and to carry out surgery, each to a depth of 2.5 millimeters.

The sessions involved doctors removing parts of the womb tissue from inside her stomach, which would relieve the pain for about a year but still leave Jo miscarrying.

Cardiff consultant Richard Penketh who told the couple about a pioneering surgery being trialed in Canada that involved cutting back deeper than 2.5 millimeter - all the way to healthy tissue.

"The ramifications for other women are huge," Dr. Sarah Jarvis, joining the couple on Daybreak said. "One miscarriage is utterly devastating."

Endometriosis is a common condition in which small pieces of the womb lining (the endometrium) are found outside the womb. Endometriosis is a long-term, chronic condition that causes painful or heavy periods. It often causes pain in the lower abdomen (tummy), pelvis or lower back. It may also lead to lack of energy, depression and fertility problems.


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