A mum from Chorley who beat the odds to become pregnant at 50 has celebrated her miracle baby’s first birthday.
Christine Boama struggled for years due to infertility and failed IVF, but her dream came true when her daughter Precious was born in 2020. Throughout her 30s Christine watched her relatives, friends and colleagues start families and her desire for a baby grew.
She told the Mirror: “I wanted a child more than anything, but I’d tell myself, ‘When the time is right it will be easy. Everything will fall into place’.”
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Then in 2012, aged 41, Christine met her now husband David, 50, and after getting married the following year the newlyweds thought it wouldn’t be long before they became pregnant. But it wasn’t to be and finally in 2015, when Christine was 44, they paid for IVF.
“It was hard for me to accept that we’d need to go down the medical route,” she said. “But I was absolutely prepared to do it, if it meant becoming a mum,” she said. “It felt like I was on an endless treadmill of tests, scans and medications. Emotionally it was so draining, and I was never given a medical reason why I couldn’t get pregnant.
“All the while the hole in my heart grew. My husband and I had the space and the financial security to be parents, but most importantly we had the love to give. All we needed was our child.”
In October 2020, two weeks after her 50th birthday, Christine discovered she was pregnant. Precious was born in May 18 in 2021.
“As soon as I saw her, I burst into tears. I’d waited and prayed for so long to meet my child and finally she was there, safely in my arms. I want to share my story to give people hope. I know how tiny the odds were.”
As for a sibling for Precious? “Who knows?” Christine laughed. “It would be incredible if it happened for us again, but I’m enjoying life as a family of three. Precious really is our little miracle.”