TRACE’LEE and Brad Turner have been together for 10 years and married for five. As a couple in love, they faced a future without children owing to a medical condition that led to Trace’Lee having her fallopian tubes removed in her 20s.
Today they are parents of a beautiful brood of four children. How did it happen? “We tried IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) twice – when I was 26 and 28 – but it failed,” says Trace’Lee.
The Turners then decided to adopt and heard of a baby through a friend. Through a private adoption agency, they met the biological mother and were present at the birth of Joshua, now five.
Three years later, the biological mother contacted the Turners and asked if they would take her daughter, Shianne, four at the time.
Her partner and father to the children had died in an accident and she said she could not raise the child.
So Trace’Lee and Brad adopted Joshua’s sister.
We wanted to try fertility treatment again but waited 18 months to let Shianne settle down,” says Trace’Lee. “We approached Dr Anil Ramdeo of the Care Clinic in Westville and went ahead with ICSI (intra cytoplasmic sperm injection). Eight weeks later we had a positive pregnancy result.”
In mid-January last year, they heard they were expecting twins. When her blood pressure shot up at 34 weeks, Trace’Lee was admitted to Westville Hospital and the babies were delivered by Caesarean section, weighing 1.3kg and 1.5g.
Today, seven-month-old Hannah and Grace complete this family.
Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
ICSI is the injection of a single sperm into the centre of the egg. It is used to assist fertilisation for couples who are not suitable for IVF. Couples who have not achieved fertilisation during IVF may also be considered for treatment. A similar programme of treatment is carried out for ICSI and IVF patients. The actual process of ICSI is carried out by an embryologist in a laboratory. It requires special treatment of the semen to select the best sperm. Mature eggs are identified and a single sperm is injected into each egg using a fine glass needle.