- Lauren Wynn, 37, and her partner, EJ, 36, struggled to conceive for five years
- EJ sold his collection of 100 pairs of sneakers that he’s had since college
- The Ohio based couple raised $20,000 for the IVF process using GoFundMe
A woman who had eight miscarriages finally gave birth to a miracle baby boy after her husband sold his sneaker collection to help pay for IVF.
Ohio couple Lauren Wynn, 37, and her 36-year-old partner, EJ, had always dreamed of being parents, but spent five years struggling to conceive. Following their eighth miscarriage the couple decided to look into IVF, and had an egg retrieval and transfer in September 2021.
EJ, who works at a steel plant manufacturer, surprised Lauren by selling his shoe collection of 100 pairs to go towards their IVF costs. He raised $4,800 to help pay for Lauren’s $15,000 Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVig) treatment to help repress her immune system and to improve the chances of implantation. The couple also used GoFundMe to raise the $20,000 for the IVF process.
They were ‘excited but scared’ to find out they were expecting in October 2021.
When the couple looked into the costs of going on an IVF journey, it was ‘pretty pricey.’
EJ decided to sell the sneakers he’s had since college. Lauren ‘had no idea’ why he was getting rid of everything and ‘what he was doing it for.’
She ‘always knew’ he was ‘100 per cent in’ when it came to ‘wanting to be a dad.’
EJ owned about 100 pairs and the hopeful dad believed there was ‘no shoe bigger’ than the pair having a family.
Lauren was eventually put on IVig treatment, which is a immunological treatment used in the US for patients who have recurrent pregnancy loss. It helps stop her immune system from attacking the pregnancies and the couple gave IVF a go.
To pay for it they used donations from strangers and the earned sales from EJ’s collection.
They went for an egg retrieval in September 2021, and got 13 eggs and six embryos.
Lauren then underwent an egg transfer and found out they were pregnant in October 2021.
She felt ‘excited but nervous’ and remained hopeful because she believed ‘this was going to be the one.’
Lauren’s pregnancy ‘wasn’t easy’ and she was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, when she couldn’t keep anything down for two days.
When Amari’s heart rate started dropping Lauren was transferred to Cabell Huntington Hospital and taken for an emergency C-section.
Following a difficult pregnancy Lauren welcomed baby Amari (now 16 months old) on May 1, 2022, weighing five pounds, three ounces at 5.51am.
Lauren had been under anesthetic for the operation and only got to her baby boy for the first time 36 hours later.
Giving birth was a ‘surreal moment’ for them because they didn’t know if they were going to be ‘able to have it.’
They were ‘just glad’ that Amari arrived and described that moment as the ‘most beautiful thing.’
Amari spent 17 days in the hospital before he was able to come home and Lauren said it was ‘incredible’ to be his mom.
Lauren and EJ first started trying for a baby a couple of months after their wedding in April 2016, but she suffered a miscarriage in December 2016, just two days before Christmas.
‘It was devastating and very unexpected,’ Lauren said. They started trying again in spring, but suffered another traumatic miscarriage in May 2017.
Not giving up hope, the couple continued to try to conceive but after their eighth miscarriage in February 2021, Lauren had fertility tests which revealed she had elevated natural killer cells. They were causing her miscarriages and her ‘body was trying to fight the pregnancy.’
After a lengthy and exhausting IVF journey the couple was over the moon about their little bundle of joy, saying he is the ‘sweetest little boy.’
The family is so thankful to the strangers who donated funds to help them have their ‘miracle baby.’
The lovebirds are still in disbelief that Amari has arrived and that he’s ‘healthy and everything is good with him,’ especially because they ‘went through so much to have him.’
The giddy parents love ‘watching him grow’ and Amari’s presence ‘brightens up every single day.’