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Barnsley Couple Celebrate 'Miracle Triplets'!

Tuesday November 12 2013


Proud parents: Marc and Marie Proud parents: Marc and Marie


A BARNSLEY couple are celebrating after welcoming their 'miracle triplets' into the world - conceived naturally at the same time as they underwent IVF treatment!

Marie Mellor, 29, and her partner Marc Hutchinson, 30, are hitting the national headlines after the success and had been trying for a family for eight years without any joy.

As a last attempt, Marie started IVF treatment, opting to have just one fertilised embryo implanted.

After a pregnancy test came back positive, the couple eagerly awaited the scan - only to discover three healthy babies!

Stunned doctors believe Marie, who was born with spina bifida, became pregnant naturally at the same time as having IVF treatment - despite her fallopian tubes being blocked.


"I was speechless! Marc just burst out laughing," said Marie, of Syndale Road, Cudworth.

"I kept saying how can I be having three babies when they only implanted one embryo - it's just impossible.

"At first I thought it must have been that the one embryo had split into three, but the babies are different sexes and are not identical so doctors said they must have come from three different embryos."

Marie and her doctors have decided that she had managed to get pregnant naturally at the same time as undergoing IVF treatment - despite having been told her fallopian tubes were blocked so a natural pregnancy would be impossible.

"They're my miracle babies, this time last year I didn't even dare dream of having one baby and now I have got three," she added.

The couple were all set to get married last month. The venue and reception were booked and paid for, she had collected her wedding dress and all was ready.

But the multiple pregnancy caused Marie, who was born with spina bifida, to put on so much weight that the wedding had to be postponed until next year.

The triplets no-one expected would have been born on Christmas Day had Marie carried them to full term.

However, while in Jessop Hospital, Sheffield, on bed rest, Marie went into labour eight weeks early and underwent an emergency Caesarean.

Last week the babies were transferred to Barnsley Hospital where Olly Jack, Freya Carole and Ava Noelle and all doing well.

Olly, the biggest baby at 3lbs 13oz, is already out of his incubator. Ava Noelle, who weighed 3lbs 6oz and Freya Carole, who weighed 3lbs, are still in their incubators.

"We're going to have our hands full but we couldn’t be happier," Marie said.

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Reply Posted by maud on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 11:55
congratulation to marc & marie what a happy story good luck to you all

Reply Posted by Roo on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 13:31
Wow! Good luck x

Reply Posted by sandra on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 13:33
It great to hear good news for a change instead of the doom and gloom and back biting, congratulations to you both and good luck

Reply Posted by Marie on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 14:27
Thankyou for your kind comments x

Reply Posted by Zoe on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 14:35
Congratulations......wishing you all lots of happiness x

Reply Posted by Tina on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 14:42
Big congratulations to you both , your story made me cry as I tried for 11 years to get pregnant with 4failed IvfS then we conceived naturally, your life is complete now I wish you all the happiness and health in the world 3little miracles xxx

Reply Posted by Clare potter on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 18:47
Amazing! Congratulations enjoy them all :) my baby was 9 week early in April and spent a month in barnsley scbu after being born in Scarborough while on holiday they will be looked after by those amazing doctors and nurses up there. All the best for the future xx

Reply Posted by Mum of three on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 20:38
Thats beautiful what a blessing

Reply Posted by hally1297 on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 20:39
A lovely heartwarming story. Good luck to you and your family...

Reply Posted by shelley allison on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 08:00
congratulations to you all xxx

Reply Posted by Sammy! on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 12:54
Big congrats to you all! I cryed my eyes out at this story I read in the paper last week it's so heart touching me and my partner may be under goin Ivf as we have been trying 4 a good few yrs now :( enjoy your bundles of joy all the best xxx

Reply Posted by Gail Preece on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 12:59
wow!! Big congratulations to your new family! thrilled to bits for you all! xxx

Reply Posted by Marc on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 13:07
Thank you for all your kind comments x

Reply Posted by chris on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 13:31
Well Huge congratulation to Marc & Marie what a happy story, good luck for your babies too new like this is wonderful

Reply Posted by Julie on Sunday November 17 2013 at 22:48
Congratulations , what a lovely story ! Enjoy your babies x