This lovely little vignette is the conclusion to our three-part series on Pregnancy which began before Christmas on 17 December with Raising a New Hope.

Happy in an intimate union of two, a married couple would feel happier still to become three. The primal urge to create a new life that gives life a new meaning. But what of this new life when an inherited disorder exists within one half of the couple, the severity of which could be life-impairing? The ‘one half’ in question is a woman with mild Marfan syndrome whose close relatives have variable severity. Reluctant to pass on the condition, the couple approached Dr Child for advice on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Some time later they wrote with the results ………..

Q: Dear Dr Child

I hope you are keeping well.

I just wanted to let you know that through using the amazing funding for IVF for PGD IVF we welcomed a son David in April last year. It was a long road to get to this point but SOOOO worth it! We are beyond grateful.

The support we had from Dr T---- and the team was fantastic! It’s been strange being on lockdown for the majority of my maternity leave but on the plus side my husband has spent a lot of time at time at home with us.

Best wishes,


For more information, see:
The Acceptability of Prenatal Diagnosis & Pre-Implantation
Starting a Family

What to Expect When You’re Pregnant with Marfan Syndrome
Going in to Labour with Marfan Syndrome
Pregnancy in Marfan syndrome guide

The Marfan Trust is registered in England and Wales under charity number 328070 at Guy Scadding Building, Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY. Contact us at [email protected] or by phone on + 44 (0)20 7594 1605
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