A couple from Liverpool have finally become parents after twenty-two years of trying for a baby.
Forty-two-year-old Susan Comiskey and husband Shane, 55, became proud parents to Anna Margret after fruitless decades of trying to start a family.
Mrs Comiskey's infertility had been put down to a pituitary gland problem - a benign tumour in the gland had led to high levels of the hormone Prolactin which stopped her ovulating.
Mrs Comiskey, who is originally from Australia, was under the care of fertility expert Nabil Aziz who gave her treatment to shrink the pituitary tumour and regulate her cycle. During her treatment, he noticed a lump in her neck which was later diagnosed as thyroid cancer.
Mrs Comiskey said: 'I had noticed it but didn't think anything of it. Mr Aziz said he didn't like the look of it and rang cancer specialist Alison Waghorn at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, who agreed to see me almost immediately.
'It was a terrible shock to learn I had cancer but even while I was going through my treatment, I was thinking yet another year was going by without a chance to have a baby.'
After finishing her treatment in 2009, Mrs Comiskey feared the cancer had returned when she began to feel ill with sickness and nausea.
She said: 'My cycles had always been a bit bizarre so I still didn't make any connection. But after a month or two I thought "I wonder..." and did a pregnancy test. It was positive. I nearly fainted.'
The delighted couple, who are the pastors of the Victory Family Centre Church in West Derby, said they had never given up hope of having a child:
'We never gave up hope that God would answer our prayers one day. I hope our story will be an inspiration to other people who are still waiting for their child that they should continue to hope and pray that it will happen for them.'
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