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Published on November 2nd, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


Dad’s kids from previous relationship mean no IVF for new partner

A woman has been told she cannot have IVF on the NHS because her husband-to-be already has children from a previous relationship.

The Mail reports that Clare Walker, 32, has been ‘left devastated’ after the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn ruled she did not qualify for treatment.

She and her partner Matthew Garwell became engaged last summer and decided to apply for IVF as she has problems with her fallopian tubes and would have trouble conceiving naturally.

However, they were reportedly told by hospital staff that as Matthew already has two children they were not classed as childless and therefore not eligible for NHS-funded IVF.

Miss Walker told the paper she felt she was ‘having the right of being a mother’ snatched away from her.

“I have people deciding my future that have never met me or know my situation. They are playing God with my life,” she said. “Becoming a mother means everything to me. I feel it is my purpose of being here.”

“Matt thinks it’s his fault because he has kids and is upset that he can’t give me what I want. But he can’t be blamed. It is very much that I am being punished for being with the man that I love.”

She said they have now launched an appeal against the hospital’s decision.

The associate chief nurse from Queen Elizabeth told the Mail that they ‘treat each IVF case on an individual basis’ but added that they ‘have to be mindful of the rules surrounding treatment in order to be fair to everyone’.





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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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