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Colchester couple say IVF postcode lottery ‘is so unfair’



EMMA Edey and her husband Lee wish to have a child more than anything else in the world.

The couple desperately want to become parents, but they miss the opportunity because of the postal code lottery.

For three years they fought to get the IVF on the NHS.

But since they live in Colchester they have no right to treatment.

In 2015 the Northwest Essex Clinical Commissioning Group decided to withdraw FIV free for couples, except in exceptional circumstances.

The move to cut costs released indignation among the couples trying to conceive.

But for many the worst part was to know if they lived ten miles down the road that would still receive free treatment.

For many couples it is now their postal code and their payment package that determines whether they will become parents.

Throughout the United Kingdom, only three authorities offer the three recommended IVF cycles free of charge, while others offer a reduced or none at all.

Now Labor MP Steve McCabe is promoting legislation to end injustice.

He hopes that the bill for private members, set for a second reading on 25 January, can be converted into law as early as next year.

Emma, ​​39, and Lee, 45, of Russell Court, have been married for ten years.

Emma was born with a disease of Hirschsprung, which affects the intestine and had to mount a colostomy bag.

Of advanced age, he underwent surgery to solve the problem, but three years ago he had to rebuild a colostomy bag.


Over the years he had three or four operations that left scar tissue on his stomach.

Even though they may experience difficulties, the couple tried to conceive naturally.

But after a few years of trying, their friends and family have suggested they seek help.

"We were trying for a while and we did not get anywhere," Emma said.

"Friends started saying that I needed to be controlled, because of all the operations I had, everyone always thought it would be difficult for me to get pregnant.

"They pushed me to go for the tests and to watch the IVF."

Emma began her career at the FIV, but was informed that the service was underway just another month in the north of Essex.

However, he missed the deadline because a hormone level was too high so as not to be proposed for treatment.

He said: "It was a case of displeasure, but we do not do it anymore.

"It's okay if you're strong enough to fight, but I guess there are a lot of people who do not feel strong enough, so this is their ruined life.

"He has a broken heart, I can not explain it to anyone."

Last year the couple believed that there was a turning point, but only to vanish months later.

Emma said: "We have instead sought exceptional circumstances in order to obtain funding.

"We received funding last May but then we did not hear anything for months and months.

"Then in September we received a letter stating that funding was not able to go too far.

"Now we have to go back to the CCG panel to see if we will get funding.

"It is frustrating to hear that we have obtained funding and then, after three months, we apologize for not knowing if we can have them.

"I have no chance of conceiving naturally our only hope is in vitro fertilization, I waited months and we never got anywhere."

Emma hopes that the move to change the law will lead to a fairer agreement for couples across the country.

"It can not go on like that as it is, it's not fair," he said.

"It's not going to save money: the money will have to go into mental health.

"This decision to block the postal code lottery across the country may not help me as it is a year away.

"I started looking at the IVF when I was 36 or 27 and this year I will be 40 years old.

"If it does not arrive until next year, I will be 40/41 and I will be too old for IVF standards for in vitro fertilization.

"I have fought for the last three years, and my friend who lives 10 miles down the road could have three treatments.

"I can not understand myself … My depression has passed through the roof.

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"It's tiring and I'm left thinking that I can do it again, I have to do it otherwise I'll never have children".

Emma and Lee hope to find out by January 16 whether they will be eligible for funding.

A CCG spokesman said: "The North East Essex CCG does not offer IVF treatments for fertility purposes only, but we fund assisted design services under certain circumstances.

"These are set out in our fertility services policy, for which patients must meet the eligibility criteria.

"We are committed to ensuring that patient cases are carefully considered."


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