Couple launch online campaign to raise money for IVF

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A couple desperate to become parents have launched an online appeal to raise money for IVF treatment. 

Laura and Saleem Khan, from Coventry, have been trying to conceive for the last seven years but have faced complications because Laura suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome (POCS), a condition which can affect fertility and pregnancy.

They were given a course of NHS-funded IVF treatment in 2014 but it was unsuccessful and they have been told they are not eligible for another round.

Now a friend has launched a JustGiving campaign in a bid to raise £1,500 of the £7,000 the couple need to privately fund the fertility treatment. 

Desperate: Laura and Saleem Khan, from Coventry, pictured, have been trying to conceive for the last seven years but have faced complications and now want to undergo IVF treatment

Mrs Khan, 27, told the Coventry Telegraph: ‘We’ve been trying to have a baby for nearly seven years now, and I would give anything to have my own child.

‘People have their luxuries whereas, for me, having a baby is what will fulfil my life.’

Mrs Khan also wants to raise awareness for other women with her condition and couples trying to secure NHS funding for IVF treatment.  

The online campaign was started by Mrs Khan’s close friend, Charmaine Shannon, who said she wanted to ‘give a little something back’.

Writing on the JustGiving page, Charmaine said: ‘[Laura] was my birthing partner and witnessed my second child being brought in to the world, and I would like to just give a little something back and help her raise some money for her IVF treatment.’ She added any support would be ‘very appreciated’. 

Mrs Khan, an ultrasound support worker, was diagnosed with POCS shortly after the couple first started trying for a baby in 2010. 

She wrote about her experience in a moving poem shared on social media titled, Infertility: The Hardest Journey of Our Life. 

Campaign: A friend has launched a JustGiving campaign in a bid to raise £1,500 of the £7,000 the couple need to privately fund the fertility treatment

It reads: ‘Me and my husband are a fantastic team 

‘We will conquer this fight together and we will acheive our dream

‘We have had IVF and yes that did fail

‘But our dream isn’t over, we will still prevail

‘This isn’t the journey we had planned

‘As we face this fight together hand in hand’. 

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