For Carla and Paul Crozier, it was their last chance against all odds to give their daughter a brother or sister. The couple had been through a five-year battle just to have little Darcie in their lives.
They then went on to try for a second child through self-funded IVF, wiping out all their savings, only to lose two babies.
But undaunted Carla and Paul weren’t prepared to give up on their dream. So they made the decision to take out an £8,000 loan for one final IVF gamble.
And the shocked pair have ended up 70 million-to-one winners, with Darcie set to get three more playmates than they’d bargained for.
Carla and Paul went through a five-year ordeal to have their first daughter Darcie Because not only is Carla, 34, expecting quads, but they’re also extremely rare. The four babies, all girls, are two identical sets of twins.
“I was in absolute shock when we found out,” says Carla. “I still am. The odds of this happening are apparently one in 70 million. “It’s just crazy to think this has happened to us when we’ve had so much trouble just having one baby.”
And builder Paul, 42, adds: “I would have been happy with two children, and still can’t quite believe we’re going to have five.”
In total, the couple have endured nine traumatic years of negative pregnancy tests and miscarriages in their quest for a family, and it’s cost them a total of £16,000.
Darcie came along in 2013 thanks to fertility treatment on the NHS, but only after five frustrating years of trying to conceive naturally.
The couple, who met when Carla was just 16, then embarked on three years of heartache trying for another baby using frozen embryos from the IVF cycle that produced their daughter, now three.
Carla fell pregnant after treatment in January 2015, but lost the baby at five weeks. In September 2015, Carla again found she was expecting. But the couple endured more heartache when an eight week scan showed no heartbeat. She says: “This time I had to undergo a procedure for them to extract the tissue. It was horrific. Once it was done I broke down.
“Looking back, I don’t know how we got through those times. It was really hard. I longed so much for the babies I had lost. I even found myself resenting other pregnant women who hadn’t even planned it. It just didn’t seem fair.”