‘Infertile’ woman gives birth to miracle albino baby

A young woman has given birth to a miracle albino baby even though she was told by doctors that she would not be able to have children.

Shannon Conarty, 22, of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, learned that she would only have a 10 per cent chance of conceiving naturally after she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition caused by an imbalance of hormones, at the age of 15.

Despite of the devastating news, Ms Conarty discovered she was pregnant after three years of trying.

And in September 2018, Ms Conarty gave birth to health baby girl, Ava, who is now four months old.

Ms Conarty told Daily Record: "Becoming a mum has always been a dream of mine.

"Ava feels like a little miracle, and even more so after she was diagnosed with albinism."

Ava was born with red eyes and white hair.

Albinism is caused by faulty genes that a child inherits from their parents.

It affects around one in 17,000 people in the UK.

The condition can affect their colouring and their eyesight due to the amount of melanin in the body.

But Shannon is delighted to be a mum after conceiving against the odds following her painful diagnosis.

She says: "My weight fluctuated and my ovarian cysts were causing me a lot of pain.

"At the time, doctors revealed I had a 10% chance of conceiving children naturally as my fallopian tubes were covered in cysts.

"As I was still in high school at the time, I never gave it a second thought."

Shannon and her partner Tom Kane, 30, started trying for a baby when she was in her late teens.

She says: "We fell in love and when I revealed that I was unlikely to have children, Tom was understanding.

"When I was 18, we started trying for a baby, but I never fell pregnant.

"Every month when I got my period, I was devastated.

"We even decided to have IVF if I didn’t conceive by the time I was 25."

But miraculously, three years on in January 2018, Shannon discovered she was pregnant.

She says: "Tom and I were delighted. My pregnancy went without a hitch, but I had extra scans to monitor me."

Baby Ava diagnosed with albinism a month after she was born.

Shannon says: "We didn’t believe it.

"Doctors told us it was very rare, as children get it from their parents, me and Tom are undergoing genetic testing to see which of us carries the gene.

"Ava will always have white hair and red eyes. Her albinism makes her more sensitive to sunlight and she is partially-sighted, but we won’t know the full extent of this until she’s older."

But the tot’s unusual eye colour draws in strangers.

Shannon says: "Every time we leave the house, people comment how beautiful she is.

"But despite the admiring remarks, I do worry about her when she gets older.

"Due to her sight problems, she’ll be unable to drive and I worry about her being bullied at school.

"But me and Tom will raise her to love herself as she is.

"After all, she’s our little miracle!"

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