A 47-year-old woman who persevered through 10 rounds of IVF over nine years has given birth to her first child, a baby boy, at North Eastern Community Hospital.
Trudy-Ann Cordina gave birth to her son Hunter Eli on 4 August, after falling pregnant on what was her and husband Anthony’s final attempt at IVF.
Hunter arrived just one week before Trudy-Ann’s 48th birthday.
While the birth is a dream come true for the couple, it almost wasn’t to be. Trudy-Ann was so exasperated after years of setbacks and disappointments, she almost pulled the pin on the final round of IVF.
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“I got to the stage where I was thinking ‘I’m too old now’,” says Trudy-Ann.
“But Anthony told me that this was my last chance, and to be absolutely sure because if I didn’t want to do it, that would be it.
“I knew I would regret it if I didn’t do it… I just knew I didn’t want to go through my life without experiencing having a child, so I put those thoughts out of my head.
“I didn’t want to let it go. I really wanted to have a baby, I absolutely love children, I’ve got nieces and nephews, and I always wanted to have children.”
The journey to parenthood has been a long and taxing one for Trudy-Ann and Anthony. After marrying when Trudy-Ann was 32, they were both on medication for medical issues that meant they were not able to try to have a baby. When those medical issues were resolved when Trudy-Ann was 39, the couple decided to try IVF.
They then lost a baby girl at 16 weeks gestation after their second round of IVF, which Trudy-Ann describes as “the worst day of my life”.
In total, IVF treatment has cost the couple about $70,000. They had some financial assistance, however, when Trudy-Ann won $1,300 on Hit 107’s mornings show with Bec, Cosi and Lehmo, after telling the hosts she would use the money to pay for her last round of IVF.
Trudy-Ann and her husband Anthony Thiry were thrilled with the care they and their baby boy received at North Eastern Community Hospital. So much so that Anthony bought and installed a brand-new state-of-the-art espresso machine on the maternity ward as a thank you to staff.
“The nursing and midwifery staff have been incredible,” said Anthony.
“They’ve done an absolutely amazing job, the care has been second-to-none.”
About North Eastern Community Hospital North Eastern Community Hospital, Campbelltown, is a not-for-profit, community owned, private hospital and aged care home.
North Eastern Community Hospital offer services in General Surgery, Medical, Obstetrics, Orthopaedics, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gynaecology, Gastroenterology, Dental and Aged Care.
The North Eastern Community Hospital complex is community owned, not-for-profit,
and is focused on providing quality clinical services to the local community.