- A couple based in Pretoria finally became parents after 8 failed pregnancies in a row
- The pregnancies included 5 miscarriages, a stillbirth and the loss of a set of twins
- Marissa van Zyl eventually gave birth to baby Anja but she was born 16 weeks premature
Coenraad and Marissa van Zyl have endured more trauma than most young couples.
The couple based in Pretoria built their baby’s nursery years ago but it has never been occupied.
However, it’s not been due to a lack of trying.
Marissa has experienced a staggering 8 failed pregnancies.
Those include 5 miscarriages, a heart-breaking stillbirth and the tragic loss of a set of twin babies.
Just as it seemed the couple were destined not to have a successful birth, Marissa fell pregnant again in 2017.
This time, her gynaecologist inserted a stitch in the womb to avoid another premature delivery.
However, a follow up consultation early in December 2017 resulted in the doctor removing it.
The couple spent Christmas with their family but Marissa started having contractions on the way home.
Marissa gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on 28th December 2017.
YOU magazine reported that baby Anja was born at 24 weeks and weighed only 590 grams.
Unfortunately, Anja’s been in an incubator in ICU ever since birth but the van Zyl’s are happy she’s alive.
Briefly.co.za understands the experience has brought them closer to God as Marissa shares, “Our faith has become much stronger and we talk about things. It helps us through the tough times.”
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