Debra Marcos, Matthew Duck and baby Nicolas
Shortly after getting married I suffered 3 miscarriages within 10 months of each other which cast a shadow over our happiness together. As I belong to the medical profession it was easy for me to be seen by several specialist doctors who told me that all was fine with me and that it was just a case of bad luck.
The first time that we saw Mr. Shehata I was feeling really depressed, inadequate as a woman, confused and pretty sure that I wouldn’t be able to have a child. He listened to us with a lot of compassion and gave us hope when he mentioned that I could have a high NK cells count which could be the cause of my pregnancy losses.
When he confirmed his suspicions a couple of weeks later that I had a high NK cells count we began to see light at the end of the tunnel and decided that we were going to give the treatment a chance.
I started the treatment with steroids a couple of months after being given the result - we just wanted a bit of quality time enjoying each other’s company before the “big adventure”- and luckily I fell pregnant immediately.
As Mr. Shehata explained to me, the steroids gave me a few nasty side effects: insomnia, anxiety, a puffy face, constant sweating… but all was worth it when he did an ultrasound at 6 weeks and we could listen to our baby’s heartbeat for the first time… what a moment! We could only see a little “rice grain” moving furiously but we were so full of respect and pride for this brave human being growing strongly inside me.
I would be lying if I said that it was all a bed of roses, I was feeling very scared during the pregnancy – Whenever I had a twinge or a little cramp I was convinced that I was having another miscarriage. However none of the side effects, the morning sickness or even the labour pains were as painful as the sorrow of losing my babies,
so I don’t have any doubt that I would do it all over again the same way.
Even though the pregnancy was complicated and the birth wasn’t what I had planned for, we were blessed with our little baby boy who was born on the 28th May 2010.
We called him Nicolas, in part because it means “victory” and that is the way I feel every time that I look at him. I still can’t believe that he has come into our lives, everything is more colourful, brighter and full of laughter, and I have to pinch myself from time to time as I can’t believe how lucky we are!
We are so thankful to Mr. Shehata for helping us to experience the joy of parenthood. We believe so much in what he does that we are already planning a little brother or sister for our baby, and all of course under his guidance and support.