After 14 Miscarriages, One Mom Gets Her Miracle (VIDEO)

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baby feetAt some point, it would have seemed likely that Maria Pridmore just couldn't take the heartache anymore. After 14 miscarriages, a stillborn baby, and the heartbreaking death of her 2-week-old son, many would have abandoned their dreams of motherhood in despair. Not Pridmore.

Instead the cancer nurse and her partner, John Forn, never gave up hope, and through all of the pain and heartache, they persevered for 13 long and grueling years. According to The Sun, she had her first miscarriage at age 19; 13 more followed. In 2003 when her dreams were finally realized, they were suddenly dashed when their daughter, who they named Shannon, was stillborn. Three years later their son Kai was born prematurely and died two weeks later.

How they could go on after all of that is simply amazing.

Miscarriage is one of the most heartbreaking, difficult experiences a woman can face. After suffering two myself, I know how gut-wrenching it is to get your hopes up, then have them come crashing down in an instant. It's an emotional nightmare that often takes years of healing, and I simply can't fathom everything she's been through time and again.

"It was just horrible. To keep going through it again and again was just agony," she told The Daily Mail.

After the death of Kai, they decided to stop trying. Then last year, they found out they were expecting once again. The pregnancy wasn't without an immense amount of worry; and she reportedly went to the hospital an astonishing 92 times during it for various checks and reassurances. Foran told News Today:

Every time we went for a scan we looked for a heart beat. The drive to the hospital was like going to a funeral, really down and anxious, until we knew the baby was all right.

In the end, it was all worth it. The couple welcomed their beautiful daughter, Mia Shannon, in January. Primrose told the paper:

I really don’t know how to put into words what I felt. It doesn’t compensate for what has happened in the past, but it makes it a bit easier. It goes to show you can never give up hope.

It's hard to imagine a couple who deserve a baby more, and what an incredible example of resilience and hope they are. You know they will be incredible parents who truly do appreciate every minute of the journey.

Do you think you would have been able to keep going with your hopes of motherhood after experiencing all this woman did?


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nonmember avatar Sheila

I can relate to her, because I was her years ago. I had a total of 10 miscarriages and not once did I give up. I had 7 miscarriages, before I had my 2.1 pound daughter. We tried again and again to have more, but I ended up having 3 more miscarriages after her. So, I was tremendously blessed, and my faith and trust in God got me through. I'm so happy for this family, because I know what they went through.

femal... femaleMIKE

What a lovely ending.  It gives me hope.  My husband and I have been waiting for 10 years now for our chance.  I never ever gotten pregnant.  I am not sure that I would be able to keep on trying after all the disapointments. 

CPN322 CPN322

No, I don't think I could have. What a strong couple they are!!

nonmember avatar Angel

I have a friend who is on her 5th pregnancy. She carries the babies for almost the same number of wks. She goes in to labor knows what she has then she has to face the fact that her baby didn't live. I pray that this will be the last time. She is a wonderful friend. I know she will make a great mother some day

Heather Yocum

That is a beautiful story and she is a very courageous woman.  I dont know if I could keep gong on after all that.  So glad they fianlly got their baby!!!hugs

KenneMaw KenneMaw

What an amazing story!!  I lost my first child due to a stillbirth, so  I understand some of her pain and struggle.  I just dont' know if I could have kept on trying but what a wonderful happy ending for this family!!!

KenneMaw KenneMaw

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on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I have a friend who is on her 5th pregnancy. She carries the babies for almost the same number of wks. She goes in to labor knows what she has then she has to face the fact that her baby didn't live. I pray that this will be the last time. She is a wonderful friend. I know she will make a great mother some day

My friend went through the same thing.  Your friend she see a genetics counselor because by losing the babies at the same number of weeks, there is definitely a development issue.  for my friend, one of her chromosomes were 'broken' so when the egg and sperm got together, the chromosome wouldn't match right.  She lost 3 babies between 10-12 weeks.   She managed to have 2 beautiful children and the genetics counselor told her they are miracles - she had a 10% of chance of carrying a baby to full term and then 10% of that is the odds of the baby being born without severe birth defects.

nonmember avatar Anna

This couple is so brave. I've had five miscarriages since the birth of my son, and it is incredibly difficult. But we keep trying and hoping! Best wishes to all three of them.

nonmember avatar len

I had a miscarriage before the birth of my daughter. It was devastating. When I was was pregnant with my daughter there was a scare and we went in for an emergency ultrasound to check on her, I can totally relate to what she said about it being like driving to a funeral. Just the thought of "oh no, not again" was too much, I thought I was going to pass out from grief on the way. I was planning in my head how to tell my husband that if there was no heartbeat, I want to get my tubes tied just so I would never have to deal with the heartache again, so no, I definitely wouldn't have kept trying. What a strong woman, I'm so happy for her.

Lee Ann Baranyar

God Bless her and any women who is going through this it has to be so painful to want a baby and then just getting more and more disappointed . May all your dreams come true!!

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