Big family ... Jeanette holds Lulu and Isaac, Matthew, Millie, Arthur and Adam|
IVF ... how it works
A COUPLE who thought they’d never have kids are now parents of miracle quintuplets — born over a span of SIX YEARS.
Jeanette and Arthur Fardelin conceived all five babies at the same time using IVF.
Eldest Millie, now SIX, was born in 2006 — but the rest of the embryos were frozen.
Adam, FOUR, arrived two years later, followed by Matthew, TWO, And now twins Lulu and Isaac, just TWO WEEKS old, have completed the family quintet.
Proud mum Jeanette, 42, cuddled her new arrivals last night and said: “It really is a dream come true. They are all miracles to us.”
And IVF pioneer Prof Charles Kingsland revealed: “It is an exceptionally rare event for a woman to have so many embryos frozen and for them to turn into so many healthy babies.
"I’ve never seen it before in 20 years.
"We have moved on because of the development of cutting-edge technology.”
Jeanette and transport manager Arthur, 43, of West Derby, Liverpool, got married 18 years ago.
They tried for a baby for eight years before their first unsuccessful IVF attempt in 2001. Bid No2 ended in stillbirth, but Jeanette conceived on her fourth try in 2005 — and Millie was the result.
In all 18 of her eggs had been fertilised — and doctors at Liverpool Women’s Hospital froze the remaining embryos.
Jeanette recalled: “When we said we wanted to try for another baby they warned us not to build our hopes up. But the doctor came back and said they were ‘fabulous embryos’ in very good condition.
"We can never thank them enough for what they have done — giving us five healthy, beautiful children.”
Looking at her family with the two new additions, Jeanette added: “I feel as though I have to pinch myself to believe it.
"Millie is thrilled to have a little sister as well as three brothers. She is like a little mother to the twins.”
The couple — who say their family is now complete — sent a message to others going through the rollercoaster of IVF.
Jeanette said: “We felt it wasn’t going to happen for us — but we never gave up hope of a family one day.”
Prof Kingsland, a consultant gynaecologist at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, said: “This is a wonderfully happy outcome and we are all delighted for Jeanette and her husband.”
How they did it
THE miracle of Jeanette and Arthur Fardelin’s time-warp quins happened like this...
2001: First attempt at IVF after eight years of trying for a baby.
2005: Success on IVF attempt No4 — 18 eggs are fertilised. Some are implanted in Jeanette’s womb, the rest are frozen at the Hewitt Fertility Centre, Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
2006: First child, daughter Millie, is born in February.
2007: More saved embryos implanted.
2008: Adam arrives.
2010: Matthew born after more embryos implanted.
2012: Twins Lulu and Isaac complete the family.
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