25/02/2010 06:13 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Widow Is Pregnant With Husband's Baby - 17 Months After His Death

A widow has become pregnant with her husband's baby through IVF treatment, 17 months after he died from bone cancer.

Lisa Wilkinson, 27, from Wellington, Somerset, is delighted with the news after only starting IVF just before Christmas.

Her husband Gareth, who she calls her "first and last true love" died in September 2008.

But they had decided to freeze his sperm so Lisa could have their baby.

Last week, with their family around her, she discovered the treatment had been successful.

Lisa, a staff nurse at Musgrove Park Hospital where Gareth also worked, said: "It is just amazing really. It is still sinking in and quite a shock.

"I'm so pleased that it worked as I only started IVF before Christmas.

"I think Gareth would have been over the moon - really excited. Not a day goes by when I don't think of him. This has given me some hope for the future." Gareth's mother, Shirley Holloway, was with Lisa when she heard that she had become pregnant.

The family is thrilled but there are obviously "mixed emotions" because Gareth is not around to share the happy news.

Lisa said: "Gareth's mum was obviously really pleased, but she would have liked him to be there."

Before Gareth died, aged 27, the couple had already chosen a name for any baby they might have - if it's a girl, she will be called Grace, and if it's a boy, he will be called Jack.

It must be very strange to have such joyful news in such sad circumstances. Let's hope this family can find happiness and enjoy the new baby when he or she arrives.

Source: AOL News