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Sussex mum calls for miscarriage test to be freely available in UK

Friday, April 27, 2012

A woman from East Sussex who had nine miscarriages whilst pregnant says that a simple blood test that can confirm what is wrong should be made available in the UK.

Teresa Edgeler, from Peacehaven, who gave birth to a healthy baby, called Olivia in January had a treatable disorder that meant her immune system attacked her foetus.

A Peacehaven mum who suffered many miscarriages says a pregnancy test should be freely available in the UK

The disorder was only diagnosed when a private clinic in Hove sent a blood sample to the US. Following the successful diagnosis Mrs Edgeler was finally able to have a successful outcome to a pregnancy.

The Department of Health believes that more scientific evidence is needed to prove that the test and treatment are effective.

Mrs Edgeler and her husband Chris had been considering giving up attempts to become parents but after reading about another local woman, Angie Baker, also from Peacehaven who had been diagnosed as having high levels of Natural Killer (NK) cells in her immune system, decided to try again. Mrs Edgeler's GP did not think she had the condition.

Doctors believe these cells can attack the foetus resulting in miscarriage. 

Mrs Edgeler went to the Agora Fertility Clinic in Hove and a blood sample was sent away to Chicago for testing. High levels of NK cells were found and successfully treated.

The Edgelers believe much of their difficulties could have been avoided if the test was freely available in the UK.

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