A COUPLE now have the second child they longed for – thanks to the generosity of their wedding guests.
Nick and Vicky Jordan, from Sowerby Bridge, already had one child through IVF when they tied the knot.
When they decided they wanted another child, instead of asking their wedding guests for presents they asked for donations towards making their family complete.
They had struggled to conceive for six years before turning to IVF.
During the first round of conceiving their first daughter Anya, now three, Vicky produced too many eggs and they had to be frozen.In February 2008 the couple tied the knot in front of 60 family and friends at the Tower House Hotel, Halifax.
Guests bypassed the usual wedding list of white goods and electricals and instead dug deep to to pay for five of the remaining eggs to be thawed.
It worked. On December 27, 2009, their second daughter Keira was born. The couple had struggled to conceive for six years before turning to IVF. Vicky, 35, said: “I’d always wanted to be a mum. I couldn’t imagine not having kids.”
Talking about guests and family paying for the second round of treatment, Vicky said: “It’s nice because we tell everyone they’ve all got a piece of Keira.” .
Vicky, who has polycystic ovaries, had given up on ever having a family during their six-year battle. She told other couples to seek advice sooner rather than later.
“Go as soon as you can because it takes such a long time to get to the point of having treatment. They give tablets and tests and that all takes a few years.”
She said IVF was an “emotional rollercoaster”.
A fortnight after having the eggs inserted, they had a nerve-wracking wait for Vicky to take a blood test and find out if their dream had come true.
“It is just the longest two weeks in the world,” said Vicky, a childminder.
Next followed a blood test in the morning and then a nervous wait to find out if it was positive.
“With Anya we were in the underwear aisle at Asda when they told us and with Keira we were having a Big Mac,” laughed Vicky.
The couple are full of praise for staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital’s Assisted Conception Unit.
“They were fantastic. They were always there. they said to ring them any time, and I did,” said Vicky.
“People always ask us if we’ll be having more, but I think we’ve been so lucky I couldn’t see it working again.”