A Halifax couple has revealed when they won the lottery they were able to give the gift of IVF to their two daughters
Ruth and Mark Chalmers won £1million and now have two grandchildren, all thanks to their magic win.
The couple’s daughters both suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome but have been able to have a child each after having successful IVF treatment.
Mark spoke to the BBC about their win and how it had helped to bring so much joy into their lives.
The 60-year-old said: “The win has given us a lot of security and a lot of pleasure, mainly because of the two boys,”
The couple won a huge sum of money by doing the Euromillions in February 2018.
Their eldest daughter, Leanne, was told she would never have children after being diagnosed with PCOS in her 20s.
She said: “I tried researching it and there wasn’t much to read about years ago. A lot of it was quite negative and pretty much said women with PCOS had to get used to the idea they will never have children.”
Leanne said she felt it was important for people with PCOS to get the best support they can to get pregnant.
She said: “It is not impossible to get pregnant with PCOS but it is difficult.”
Her younger sister, Natalie, had years of operations before becoming a mother.
Mark said: “At one stage I was told to get my womb removed.
“She saw some other doctors, and didn’t go down that route, and then we looked at going down the IVF route.
“So, we’ve sort of had a double lottery win.”
Natalie, 33, said she was ‘excited, nervous and happy’ when her parents told her of their plans to help her with funds for IVF.
She said: “I just can’t thank them enough for it. They have given me my son. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”
The family now spends as much time as they can together with three-year-old Koby and Brogen, 19 months.
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