A determined woman has finally given birth to a child after she had 13 miscarriages in 12 years.
The now 32-year-old woman – who has only been named by her surname, Liu, and who hails from the district of Xinzhou, in the city of Wuhan, in the Chinese province of Hubei – gave birth to a baby via caesarean section in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University on 22nd March.
Liu, who married in 2010, had got pregnant each year, but always had miscarriages in her first trimesters.
Doctors diagnosed her with an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in 2017, and explained to her that it was probably the reason for her miscarriages, as the disease attacks every system in the human body.
SLE is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own tissues, causing widespread inflammation and tissue damage in the affected organs.
Although the doctors advised her to stop trying to have a child, she chose not to obey, and continued her cycle of pregnancy and miscarriage.
After 13 miscarriages in 12 years, the doctors noticed her body had been weakened, and she started suffering from hypothyroidism, which is a condition where the thyroid cannot produce enough of its own hormone and deliver it to the blood system.
Her 14th pregnancy was confirmed in August 2021.
In her fifth month of pregnancy, Liu went to hospital – worried about suffering another miscarriage – after suffering bleeding, abdominal pain and other discomforts.
The doctors treated her with miscarriage protection and anti-infection procedures, and a delicate foetal protection treatment plan was prepared for her.
Liu gave birth via caesarian section to a premature baby on 22nd March and was released from hospital on 25th March.
According to Dr Guo Juanjuan, although SLE is prone to causing miscarriages, it is possible for pregnancies to be seen to term safely, but only with the proper medical care.