My life or my baby: Woman faced with agonising choice has defied doctors to give birth to a miracle baby
A woman who could have DIED if she fell pregnant, has defied doctors and given birth to a MIRACLE son.
Nicola Granger, 35, from Rugby, Warks, was stuck in an agonising catch-22 which meant she risked her own life if she wanted to have a healthy baby.
Nicola, who suffers from severe epilepsy, claims she was told by doctors she would never be able to have children, as the crucial medication she takes would put her unborn child at risk of life-threatening diseases.
In a cruel twist of fate, if Nicky tried to come off the medication she could have faced returning to the 200 life-threatening fits she suffered as a teen every single day.
Brave Nicky and her husband Nathan desperately wanted a child and spent 14 years agonising over the decision.
But the broody mum’s desire for a child was so strong, she found a team of pioneering doctors who were prepared to support her through her pregnancy, while she still took her life-saving medication.
Nathan and Nicky tentatively decided to let nature take its course and eight weeks ago Nicky miraculously gave birth to the healthy baby she always dreamed of.
Dental nurse Nicky, who is the proud mum to eight-week-old James, said: “I can’t believe I’ve got a perfect baby after years of being told it wouldn’t be possible.
“We were faced with a horrible catch 22 of risking my health or his and so now he’s healthy and happy it’s like a little miracle.”
Since being diagnosed with epilepsy aged just eight, Nicola has had to take a catalogue of daily medication to keep her condition under control.
Until she was 15 she was plagued with 200 fits a day and she still bears the scars on her face and body from falling during the life-threatening episodes.
Despite her epilepsy being under control, doctors had always warned Nicola that she if she fell pregnant, the medication would put her unborn baby at risk of conditions such as spina bifida.
But this left her and husband Nathan, 38, and engineer, facing an agonising choice: they wanted to have a family but knew that the end of the medication would mean the end of safety for Nicola.
The couple had to endure years of desperately wanting a family of their own as they saw their friends have baby after baby.
But in 2013 they turned to doctors at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire who offered them hope of a child, thanks to a pioneering research programme for epileptic mums-to-be that would allow her to stay on her medication.
Nicola and Nathan decided the risk was worth it and at 37 weeks, on August 18, the team delivered baby James by caesarean section.
Midwife Debbie Bullen said: “It is great to hear that James is doing well.
“We understood her epilepsy and could answer questions as a multidisciplinary team, relative to her care.
“Women like Nicky are helping to guide the future clinical practice of women with epilepsy.”
Although Nicola and Nathan were faced an anxious wait after James was born to make sure that he was healthy, they were overjoyed to find that he was given the all-clear by doctors.
Nicola said: “We believed that nature should take its course and were so happy, as well as surprised, when I fell pregnant within six weeks.
“Every check-up I had I was worried that we were going to find out something was wrong.
“But I had a trouble-free pregnancy and we just can’t believe how lucky we are.
“Without the help from the doctors and midwives I’m not sure we would have done it.
“We were being monitored very closely and were reassured constantly about treatment, progress and points of contact if there were any concerns.
“For years we were told that it wasn’t possible for me to have a child safely and the risks of falling pregnant would just be too great.
“Anything could have happened if I had come off the medication that controls my epilepsy – the likelihood is that I would have started fitting again.
“If the fit goes on for a long time, and my brain is starved of oxygen, it could be a fatality and doctors always said that it would harm my baby if I stayed on them.
“But if we had followed that advice we would still have been a family of two and not three.
“It’s a miracle.”