Tarra Dwyer’s pregnancy story appears in THAT’S LIFE magazine…
Tarra Dwyer had tried for 11 years to have a baby. She suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome and had given up hope she’d ever get pregnant. So she was thrilled when she and her husband were thrilled when they discovered she was expecting at last.
In the early weeks she suffered from severe hyperemesis (morning sickness) but worst was to come. Tarra couldn’t understand why she was getting such a big tummy so fast. A routine scan revealed she had a fast growing cyst. It was growing so fast it was crushing her baby. If it wasn’t removed it could squash her unborn baby in the womb.
Tarra was horrified to discover researching her condition on the internet the dermoid cyst could be a bizarre type of ‘twin’ that contained skin, hair follicles, blood and even teeth. It felt as if she had a monster in her tummy.
But the danger was that removing it could also kill her unborn baby – which was otherwise growing normally.
However, doctors couldn’t leave it inside her. So at 20 weeks she underwent major surgery to remove the cyst. Unfortunately the cyst, now the size of a grapefruit, had attached itself to her ovary so doctors had to remove that too. It was then touch and go whether or not she would miscarry her baby.
But a few days later she felt a kick. And the rest of her pregnancy was fine after this – although son Koen was born with muscular torticollis – a twisted neck where he had lain awkwardly in the womb. She believes it occurred because in the uterus he was trying to keep away from the cyst.
The whole nightmare caused her to suffer from panic attacks after the birth.
However, Tarra and Koen are now recovered. Koen is a happy, totally healthy little boy aged 2. And, despite only having one ovary, Tarra is now expecting her second baby – luckily this time there is no sign of any strange ‘twin’ and she’s enjoying a completely normal pregnancy…
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