A WOMAN who feared she may never become pregnant again after an emergency Caesarean operation went wrong is due to give birth.
Wendy Owen, 39, is still involved in legal action with the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust over the operation.
The operation at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in June, 2002, led to her baby, Molly, being born with massive brain damage.
Molly died in the arms of Wendy and her husband, Gary, just days later, after her ventilator was switched off.
Wendy, of Clough Lane, Rastrick, had had three previous pregnancies and one miscarriage.
She believed she was unable to conceive again after the operation.
But eight months ago, just before she was due to undergo an exploratory operation, she found out she was pregnant again!
"In the past I had been able to conceive within one or two cycles," she said.
"I could plan when I wanted my babies. It was that easy.
"But after the Caesarean we were trying for 15 months. `'
Wendy haemorrhaged during the emergency Caesarean and lost a lot of blood.
She collapsed four weeks later because of related complications.
"I was convinced there was something wrong with me internally," said Wendy.
She was so convinced of this that an operation was due to be performed so doctors could examine the inside of Wendy's womb with a camera.
But it turned out she never needed it.
"I was waiting to have my next period - but it never arrived!" she said.
The couple wanted a brother or sister for six-year-old daughter Leanne.
Now they have learned they are expecting a son, who they have already named Sam.
"We are absolutely delighted," said Wendy, who has a 19-year-old son, Shaun.
"I have not saved any boys' clothes and we are having an extension built on the house for the new baby," she added.
"We were thinking about moving because of a lack of space. But I do not want to move too far away from Rastrick Cemetery, where Molly is buried.
"It's only a five-minute walk away and I want to stay close by."
Wendy is due to have Sam delivered by Caesarean section at the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax next month and she is understandably concerned about undergoing another operation.
"I am worried about it, as I will be awake for it," she said.
"I will not be happy until the day Sam comes home.
"It's a bit of a daunting thought.
"But as long as Sam arrives safe I can cope with anything they throw at me. He is the priority."