ITV The Chase: Kate Silverton’s IVF struggle and ‘miracle’ child at 43

Kate Silverton has one of the most recognisable faces in broadcasting having fronted a number of different news stations over the years including the BBC News.

She also took a turn under the lights, competing in series 16 of Strictly Come Dancing in 2018 where she finished eighth.

But at home, away from her life on TV Kate went through a gruelling IVF experience in a bid to have children of her own after she arrived at starting a family in her late 30s.

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Kate, 51, has been married to her husband Mike Heron since 2010, the two getting together after she got over her commitment-phobia.

The pair now have two adorable children in daughter Clemency, 10, and son Wilbur, seven.

Kate with husband Mike Heron who she married in 2010

But, their road to having children was far from easy for Kate, who lost an ovary in an operation to remove a cyst at 29 before being told it was unlikely she’d ever get pregnant naturally.

As a result, when she settled down with Mike she turned to IVF to give them a better chance.

After several rounds of the treatment Kate still hadn’t fallen pregnant and it was looking like it may never happen for the couple.

Kate with her kids Wilbur and Clemency

This was before their daughter Clemency was incredibly conceived naturally, despite the slim odds.

Then even more incredibly three years later and after two miscarriages, Kate became pregnant for a second time with son Wilbur, aged 43 at the time.

In an interview with Hello!, Kate reflected on how challenging the experience had been, and how overjoyed the couple were.

“To be blessed with baby number two seems beyond a miracle, it seems it’s also beyond the doctors’ understanding, too. It’s simply amazing and we are so excited,” she said.

“I have felt such utter joy in motherhood that I just wanted the chance to do it all over again.

“Despite my limited chances, I thought it was worth trying again. I just wanted to have one more try naturally and see what happened.”

Kate also explained how she hoped her example could inspire other women.

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“I think it helps for women and their partners to be able to talk openly about what they are going through and to know they’re not alone, and that even with the tough times there can always be hope.

“Mike and I struggled to have children for the last seven years. Now it feels as if we’re coming to the fruition of a long but lovely journey. I would love to know that there are others out there who are able to do the same.”

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