TWO leading lights of the amateur stage have taken delivery of their own star performers - non-identical twins Holly and Heidi - following pioneering fertility treatment.
In 2011 Angie and Andy Smith, both members of the Adel Players, were told by doctors that they may never be able to have children.
But Angie, who suffers polycystic ovary syndrome, and Andy tried a new form of IVF as part of research called IVM, using his sperm, which sadly failed due to ectopic pregnancy, where the baby develops in the fallopian tube.
After a break the couple from Gledhow, Leeds, tried again as part of a research trial, this time a new kind of IVF, using different medication, which helps to avoid Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, (OHSS) which can lead to the loss of a baby.
This time the attempt was successful and the pair are delighted with the safe arrival of their healthy girls, who were born at 37 and a half weeks, on June 13.
Angie, 33, who works for Asda Leeds in product development, and is breast feeding both babies in tandem, said: “They are our little stars. We just can’t believe they are here, it is wonderful and they are simply amazing. They feed really well.”
Andy, 32, a sales and marketing manager, said: “It’s the best thing ever, we are enjoying it.”
Angela added: “We were told we might never be able to have a baby and we have come a long way. We cannot thank the NHS enough for what they have helped us achieve and of course our friends and family. We hope our story gives hope to others.”
Dark haired Holly arrived first weighing 5lbs 13oz and blond Heidi came seconds later at 5lb 12oz.
Proud Dad Andy added: “They have already been on stage, when Angela was in Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy ‘If I were you’ during pregnancy. We will have to see if we decide to put our daughters on the stage or not.”
The pair who met while working as scientists in a fish oil factory are enjoying their new role.