Mum who battled sepsis 20 times due to Crohn’s surgery now miraculously pregnant – after being told she would never have kids
By Rebecca Husselbee
A mum told by doctors to ‘adopt or accept never having kids’ after Crohn’s Disease surgery left her battling sepsis 20 times is now expecting a miracle baby.
Health assistant Sarah Seddon was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at just 11 years old but was unaware of the future battle she would have with the condition, whichcaused her to contract sepsis over and over again.
The 32-year-old, from Little Coates, Grimsby, underwent five major surgeries to take away damage caused to her intestine over the course of 12 years but within a period of three years, between her second and fifth operation, she was struck by the potentially fatal complication 20 times.
Due to scarring left from surgery and draining tubes inserted into her stomach to relieve the infection, Sarah was told she would be unable to have the children she always longed for – and faced additional heartbreak when longed-for son Vinnie was stillborn in WHEN.
But the mum-of-one has now defied the odds to fall pregnant again – and is expecting a healthy baby in WHEN from IVF.
Sarah said: “I was diagnosed with Crohn’s back in 1998 after my health started to deteriorate.
“My mum rushed me to hospital as she knew something wasn’t right and my weight had seriously dropped.
“I’ve been battling the condition for 18 years and every treatment I’ve tried has not worked.
“I have been through some difficult times when it got to a point I thought there was nothing they could do for me.
“I’ve tried to stay as positive as possible and be as normal as I can, like going to work even though many with my condition wouldn’t, but I suffer pain on a daily basis.
“With Vinnie, we were so heartbroken to lose a baby so far along, so close to full term.
“We were told it was not down to my past health problems, it was just something that can happen to anyone.
“But we knew if we didn’t give it everything we had now and keep trying with IVF, then we would never get the chance again.
“I’ve done everything doctors said I wouldn’t be able to do.”
Sarah was given intravenous medicine, weekly injections and was even feed through a tube for 11- weeks to try and improve the symptoms of her Crohn’s Disease, but nothing proved to be a long-term solution.
In 2004, Sarah underwent a right hemicolectomy operation to remove the damaged part of her bowel with no complications, but after a second operation nearly ten years later, in November 2013, she first contracted sepsis.
She described how her Mum, Diana called for an ambulance when she began to uncontrollably shake while her temperature soared and a fever set in.
Sarah was rushed to Diana Princess of Wales hospital in Grimbsy where a drain was inserted into her stomach to drain away the injection that had worked its way into the wound left by the surgery and given intravenous antibiotics.
But as her health failed to improve she went on to have a further three surgeries to remove parts of damage bowel as well as having a stoma fitted, but would go on to contract sepsis every time.
She said: “The first time, I had this overwhelming fear that it was bad but I kept arguing with my mum not to call them ambulance and telling her that I was fine.
“I think I was just so frightened of knowing what was happening that I was in denial.
“From then every time I had an open wound from surgery, I would get sepsis and a drain would have to be inserted to drain away the infection.
“It meant I had two large holes in my stomach, called fistulas, the size of a 50 pence piece.
“After my third surgery, I even had to have a central line fitted, which I was fed through for 11 weeks.
“Because I worked at the hospital they told me a bed was ready whenever I felt the symptoms of sepsis starting.
“I always knew when it was starting, because I would stop eating and I would start to get a fever.”
Whilst going through her sepsis and Crohn’s ordeal, Sarah met her now fiancé, Ian Carrick, a 36-year-old car parts salesman, after being introduced through mutual friends at a party.
The pair had always dreamed of having their own children but Sarah was told by doctors that a natural birth would be too risky and they was no chance of a c-section due to extensive scarring caused by surgery.
The pair pushed for a second opinion from a specialist and were told they could begin IVF straight away with Sarah falling pregnant on their second round in December 2017.
But the couple were left devastating after losing their baby boy, Vinnie at just 31 weeks due him failing to grow in the womb, and he was still born in March this year.
Happily, the brave pair went on to try further rounds of IVF and have recently discovered Sarah is pregnant for the second time.
The couple even have a babygrow ready for their newborn with the heart-warming message: “Handpicked for earth by brother Vinnie in Heaven.”
Sarah, who received an inspirational mother award in October this year, said: “Receiving the award was just so overwhelming.
“Right now we are so happy but also a little scared of any other complications.
“We just want to meet our little one.”