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Mother, 47, who spent $236,000 on 30 rounds of IVF in a bid for a second child finally falls pregnant on her last try using a donor egg — thanks to a Russian clinic offering a money-back guarantee

MailOnline, UK | 14 April 2022 | Text: Claire Toureille

Read the full article on dailymail.co.uk


Suvi Mahonen, 47, from Surfers Paradise, has tried for baby for past seven years

She and husband Luke Waldrip, 50, spent $236,275 on 30 rounds of IVF 

Couple, who already have daughter Amity, eight, finally pregnant with second


A 47-year-old woman desperate for a second child has finally fallen pregnant after spending over $236,275 on 30 rounds of IVF.

After seven agonising long years, Suvi Mahonen, 47, from Surfers Paradise, Queensland, has finally fallen pregnant with her miracle second baby after taking out loans to fund her IVF journey.

Watch the video in Suvi’s YouTube in which the couple finally receive their positive test.

The journalist and her husband Luke Waldrip, 50, began trying to conceive through IVF in May 2015, two years after welcoming their now eight-year-old daughter Amity.

After seven soul-crushing years of negative results, the couple decided to travel to the OLGA Clinic in St Petersburg, Russia, where they spent $38,788 on three rounds of IVF using a donor egg.

The couple were elated to receive the long-awaited positive result soon after returning back to Australia.

Suvi said:

“We were gearing up to be disappointed. I still had my suitcase out on the table, and I remember thinking, “I’m not going to unpack because I might be needing to go back to the clinic in Russia for another transfer.

Then the test was positive and there were tears of joys. But a huge part of that was tears of relief.

I think, the only reason we decided to give it one last go was because of the Olga Clinic’s money back guarantee. When we found the Olga Clinic I was like, “If we succeed, fantastic. Who cares about paying off the debt for the rest of our lives?

But I was pretty much resigned at that point anyway and you have to come to a point where you have to accept your life.

Even if you had failed on one level you have to look at what you have, and we do have a beautiful daughter, so I was resigned to that.

But finally, this journey can actually be over.”

The expectant couple’s IVF journey has ranged three continents, first starting in Australia, they soon travelled to Los Angeles, in 2015 and finally to the OLGA Clinic, in Russia where they spent more than $38,788 on three rounds of IVF using a donor egg.

It’s official! Suvi holding a scan of her new pregnancy. She admitted that being pregnant is ‘anxiety-inducing’ after trying for so long

She said:  “At the beginning when we were doing rounds of my own eggs, I was being honest with people and tell them that we were trying with IVF.

“But then I stopped, I couldn’t bear it, I couldn’t bear the humiliation. I just ended up telling people we had stopped.

Stopping and giving up has been something that has been very much on the cards at times.

The negative test results were devastating; they became soul destroying and it made me feel like a failure.

It clouds so much of your other life as well, so, you feel like a failure in everything.

If we didn’t succeed with the OGLA Clinic, we would get that money back and that really would have been it.

I would be reaching that stage where that literally would be it, “We had given it our best shot and we will just have to walk away and get our money back if it didn’t work.

So that was why we chose to take one last chance.”


The couple took out loans to pay for their IVF journey, but Suvi who is expecting her little bundle of joy in December 2022, says it was all worth it.

She said: “We’re going to be paying off the debt for the rest of our lives, but I said to my husband, “I don’t care if we’re living in a tent, we just have our family”.

We’re at the age where we should own property by now, but we don’t because we prioritised our family.

It’s still early days, so there is a chance that something could go wrong, but we have another embryo already on ice and we have two more rounds with the OLGA clinic.

Until there is actually a newborn baby on your chest, it’s anxiety-inducing. But we are very hopeful with this pregnancy; the signs so far are good.

We’re pretty certain now, given this positive result, which is a huge step in the right direction, we’re pretty confident that at the end of the journey we will have our three kids, including our Bulldog Piper.”

Suvi and Luke with Amity in 2013. The couple admitted trying to conceive made them feel like a failure all the time

 

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