Cassie Collings always suspected her 24-stone figure was to blame for not being able to conceive – so she lost 12 stone to have a baby.
An obese woman who was told by doctors she was infertile has stunned medics by losing a whopping 12 stone – and giving birth to a bouncing baby boy.
Cassie Collings, 24, was desperate to become a mum, but after 18 months of no success with husband Graeme, 27, she sought medical help.
Having battled the bulge for years, she suspected her 24-stone body was the reason she could not conceive.
But no matter what diet the bingo worker tried, nothing helped her shift the excess weight.
Tests proved Cassie was suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which caused her to pile on the pounds and soar to a staggering size 26.
In July 2012 Cassie underwent gastric bypass surgery and incredibly in just six months she shed half her body weight.
She signed up for IVF treatment but was stunned when she fell pregnant naturally in February 2013 and gave birth to her son Harvey in October.
Cassie, from Redcar, North Yorkshire, said: “I went to my GP initially because I was concerned that I hadn’t fallen pregnant.
“He ordered a scan and sat me down to tell me I had polycystic ovaries and was infertile.
“I was devastated. When I asked what I could do he suggested IVF, but said I wouldn’t be eligible because I was so fat.
“I was a vicious circle. I couldn’t lose weight because of my condition, but I couldn’t have treatment because I was fat.
“I tried slimming tablets and they didn’t work. I tried everything and finally I was recommended for surgery.
“I went to a seminar about the options and chose to book for a gastric bypass.”
Lost half her body weight
Cassie underwent surgery in June 2012 at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough.
She lost a massive two-and-a-half stone in the first month and by the beginning of 2013 she had dropped a stunning 12 stone – half her body weight.
Prior to surgery doctors warned Cassie that she couldn’t go for IVF for two years following the operation as it would put her at high risk of miscarriage or further complications.
But shockingly Cassie fell pregnant naturally in February 2013 – just seven months after her operation.
She was taken into hospital and was monitored three times a week throughout her pregnancy.
She said: “When I found out I was pregnant I was so happy and excited but at the same time worried sick.
“The doctors said that of all the women who had fallen pregnant after having the surgery at the hospital, none of the babies had survived.
“I was told to expect the worst and put on consultant-led care.
“I was in hospital at least three times a week and constantly scared I would lose my baby.
“Each week I got past was a miracle.”
Beat the odds
Cassie would set an alarm every hour to force her to eat tiny portions including a handful of peanuts of a bite of toast.
At 38 weeks she went into labour and son Harvey was born after a six-hour natural labour weighing a healthy 7lb 10oz on 24 October 2013.
Cassie said: “Holding Harvey made everything I went through worth it. He was our miracle baby we never thought we would have.
“He beat all the odds.”