A couple who lost 12 babies in three years told of their heartache – and called for more funding to be allocated for research into miscarriages.
Amanda Gordon, 34, suffered a bilateral ectopic twin pregnancy last month, the odds of which were one in 100,000, according to medics.
Tragically, she had been expecting twins but each foetus was trapped in each of Amanda’s fallopian tubes and she miscarried at six weeks.
The mum-of-four, from Dreghorn, North Ayrshire, told how after her 11th experience of miscarriage she had become ‘nearly desensitized’ to it.
Amanda said: “We are sitting in that waiting room and because we have been here so many times before and it has been terrible news, you are almost expecting it.
“It’s horrific and when it was the first few times it took me so long to understand it and get over it.
“Now we have lost two babies in our 11th pregnancy and we are still devastated but eventually you almost become desensitized in a way, because it is the worst possible news so at that point I know what has to happen next, so I just want to get it over with.”
Her partner, Robert Beaton, described the experience as ‘torture’.
Robert said: “In the past three years we have been through torture.
“This last time was really hard.
“The doctors said it was a one in 100,000 chance of having a double ectopic pregnancy.”
Now the couple, who are also parents to twins Michael and Callum, 16, Erin, 14 and Darcy, nine, have launched a petition calling for more funding into NHS research on why miscarriages happen.
Robert said “We have been through Hell and we just feel like we need answers.
“The care and treatment we have had from NHS staff has been exceptional.
“We just can’t fault it, but this issue is underfunded, we need to have more money invested into all types of baby loss so we can find out why this happens.
“One in four pregnancies end in baby loss. I think that is a shocking number.”
The couple are planning to send the petition, which has already gained more than 700 signatures, to cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman.
Robert added: “If that petition can help get finding for research then we hope that more couples won’t have to go through what we have.”
To sign the petition visit https://www.change.org/p/health-care-secretary-matt-hancock-mp-more-nhs-funding-to-prevent-baby-loss?recruiter=221625776&recruited_by_id=0547f190-a7f3-11e4-adce-9314735e0494&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=petition_dashboard