An undying spirit has helped a woman of 52 give birth to a healthy baby in Pretoria on the last day of November.
ZIMBABWEAN WOMAN, 52, HAS BABY
The Zimbabwean couple of Alex Dandadzi and Eleanor Mukura became beaming parents after the birth of Esther, a baby girl, on November 30.
The duo realised the dream after two decades of trying to have a child together. The miracle happened after Mukura, the woman of 52, gave birth at Netcare Pretoria East Hospital.
According to the report, the new mom had suffered from fibroids or growths in my uterus, a condition that makes it difficult for women to fall pregnant.
“I first became aware of my fertility problems when it was discovered that I had fibroids or growths in my uterus that were preventing me from falling pregnant,” Mukura told IOL.
“Twice I had them removed, and twice they grew back.”
“I was on the verge of making a final decision to have my uterus removed when one Sunday morning, I received an unexpected phone call from an old childhood friend who had a similar experience of fibroids removal treatment at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Joburg,” said Mukura.
THREE OPERATIONS BATTLE
According to the long-suffering couple’s Doctor, the new mother had an extended journey of pain, bravery, and determination.
Mukura had undergone three surgical operations on her uterus.
“Before the success story, Mukura underwent three lengthy operations to remove the fibroids that had grown back, after which, she began her journey with in vitro fertilisation (IVF),” said Dr Marienus Trouw.
Mukura also revealed that a key member in the journey to the woman’s birth at 52 had died.
“The first procedure was unsuccessful, and the doctor who treated me passed away before we could try again,” she said.
“After some time, we were referred to Trouw. However, by this stage, the fibroids had once more grown back, so I had to undergo my fourth fibroid removal before we could continue with IVF treatment.
“This time it was a success, and we were filled with an incredible sense of hope. However, no sooner had I reached the end of the first trimester when devastatingly, I had a miscarriage. We had come so far and decided to keep on trying.
“The following two attempts resulted in failure. It was only some years later, on our fifth and final IVF attempt, that I finally fell pregnant with our baby girl, who is now here with us,” said Mukura.
“I would never wish for anyone to have to endure such hardship, and I would advise couples not to leave family planning too late as you never know what complications may arise.”