South Shields couple Chris Bartlett and Rebecca Greystoke have every part they need from their life collectively – other than a baby.

They say their dream of beginning a household has been dealt a huge blow by the postcode lottery the place areas have totally different standards as to who is eligible for IVF remedy on the NHS.

Chris, 50, has three grown up kids from his first marriage throughout which he had a vasectomy.

Protocols agreed by CCGs throughout the North East and Cumbria embrace ruling out IVF remedy when there had been a earlier sterilisation, while additionally it is solely provided to {couples} when neither companion has any residing kids from present or earlier relationships.

This meant their Individual Funding Request for remedy was rejected in August. They imagine that different NHS areas throughout the nation would have seen their utility otherwise.

Chris Bartlett

Chris mentioned: “It has left me feeling responsible and a sense of duty for one thing I did 20 years in the past after I hadn’t met Rebecca.”

After spending hundreds of kilos trying to reverse his vasectomy they used what financial savings they’d left to go to the Newcastle Fertility Centre on the Centre for Life for preliminary investigations and assessments.

As Chris has had a vasectomy, they have been really helpful intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) remedy which entails a single sperm being extracted from the testicle and injected into a mature egg.

He mentioned: “The ICSI remedy is outdoors of our funds and that is why we’re reaching out for assist.”

The couple have launched a GoFundMe web page with a goal of £20,000 for 3 cycles of remedy, as really helpful by specialists who say that offers them the most effective probability of success.

Chris, who works in IT and Rebecca, 38, a private coach, met three years in the past when he booked a session with the corporate she labored for. For Rebecca it was love at first sight.

“I could not converse after I first noticed him and I used to be shaking. I’ve by no means reacted like that earlier than,” she mentioned.

The attraction was mutual which, mockingly, meant that whereas Chris had discovered a soul mate, he’d misplaced a private coach because it went in opposition to firm guidelines for trainers to have private relationships with purchasers.

Chris mentioned: “We now have our glad life and extra importantly love life collectively.

“We have sat and made plans for our future as {couples} who love one another do and having a mini us to love and share our lives was at all times one thing that for us was a given.

“Sadly due to circumstances outdoors of our management it will appear that the pure chain of occasions that deliver infants into the lives of loving {couples} has cruelly been taken away from us and our solely alternative for a household is by the use of an intervention via fertility medication and procedures.”

He added: “We will proceed to work onerous and save and make sacrifices as a result of that is what we’re ready to do. Anything it takes shall be our mantra however we actually need assistance. Anything you give can be so appreciated.”

They realise they have launched their attraction at a troublesome time with the continued Covid-19 pandemic.

Rebecca mentioned: “I really feel so much for individuals shedding individuals. There is so much demise round and I suppose what I’m asking is are you able to assist me create life. It’s a large ask, I do know.

“I’ve labored all my life and by no means requested for assist earlier than however we have so much love to give a baby. We don’t desire to waste that love.”

If you want to assist Chris and Rebecca fulfill their dream of beginning a household collectively go to their GoFundMe page.



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