Lynn Seigenberg spent 9 years trying to conceive and, once she finally did, she learned from doctors that she was pregnant with triplets who were at risk for a rare medical condition. She received medical advice urging her to abort two of the unborn babies.
According to a report, “Lynn became pregnant after nine years of trying to conceive having been diagnosed with polycistic ovary syndrome, one of the leading causes of fertility problems. She was told she was at risk of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a life-threatening condition which can occur in identical twins sharing the same placenta.”
Now, after having rejected that decision, Lynn is walking her three children to school. On Wednesday they started at St Mark’s Primary in Salford. Four year-olds, Ethan, Logan, and Lexie are all smiles as they head to school.
Thankfully, after deciding to choose life, al three of Lynn and her husband’s children are healthy.
“I was shell-shocked and very scared when told to abort two of my children. I was also disappointed with the professional consultant that had that view,” she said. “How can a mother choose which of her children lives or dies? In the end our personal instinct kicked in. We had no medical proof that anything was wrong, but the consultant considered the risk higher because of my history.”
Here’s more from the Manchester Evening News:
The couple were offered two cycles of IVF on the NHS at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester.
Mrs Seigenberg had two eggs implanted – and she became pregnant with identical twin boys and a girl. Due to a lack of beds at St Mary’s, the triplets were delivered at Liverpool Women’s Hospital by caesarean section, with Logan weighing under 4lb. One twin receives an abnormally high amount of blood and nutrients, which can strain its heart, while the other becomes small and anaemic and may die.
Lynn said: “We are all very excited about the children’s first day at school. They will all be in the same reception class– they are wonderful.”