Cancer Survivor Has Lost 22 Babies to Miscarriage or Stillbirth, Doctors Tell Her She’s “Just Unlucky”

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 19, 2018   |   1:49PM   |   London, England

A heartbroken British mother is desperately seeking answers after she lost 22 babies to miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth.

Kerry Hutchinson, 35, of Rugeley, Staffordshire, England, battled through cervical cancer, but afterward, doctors told her that she was healthy enough to get pregnant, the Daily Mail reports.

Despite the encouraging news, Hutchinson experienced tragedy after tragedy. She said she miscarried 16 unborn babies, and lost six others to stillbirth or premature birth. Hutchinson buried three of her babies and held funerals for two of them, according to the report.

Doctors still have not been able to determine why her babies are dying. One doctor said Hutchinson is just “very unlucky.”

Here’s more from the report:

Having held her first born girl in her arms for 12 difficult hours before she died, the hope of what may seem to be an unreachable dream has never left Kerry.

The ex-model and cleaner always longed for a family of her own – and losing her first daughter, Paige, only made her need for a child grow stronger.

‘She was a little dot, just 2lb 2oz,’ recalls Kerry. ‘My little Paige was born prematurely and passed away at 12 hours old.’

Later, Hutchinson was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The report continues:

‘They tried to laser the cancer away, they tried drugs but nothing was working,’ she says. ‘So they removed most of my cervix.’

Doctors told Kerry to keep trying for another baby. They said her reduced cervix wouldn’t cause issues with her carrying babies but warned it would start her dilating early as the foetus grew to a certain weight. Any babies would be born prematurely.

She suffered several miscarriages while trying for another baby but was told by doctors that there was nothing wrong.

Then she gave birth to another severely premature baby, Lucas. Born at just 22 weeks, Lucas was too underdeveloped to survive outside the womb, according to the report.

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“He took a few breaths and then he passed away,” his mother remembered. “It broke my heart. I was devastated. I had a nervous breakdown when I lost Lucas. I didn’t expect to bury a third child.”

One doctor recommended a trans-abdominal stitch, which Hutchinson had. Several months ago, she became pregnant again, according to the report. Doctors and midwives gave her good news at each prenatal scan; but on March 5, the worst happened again. Hutchinson said the medical team could not find her baby’s heartbeat, and she again miscarried.

Now, she is desperate for answers. Hutchinson said she hopes to be tested by a reproductive specialist in London in the near future.

“I need to know why all these babies have died,” she said. “I grew up in care myself so family is very important to me – it’s something I’ve always wanted to have.”