A Scots couple desperate to start a family say their IVF dreams could be dashed because they can't afford transport to the fertility clinic.
Mairi and Jamie Purdie have been selected for IVF on the NHS after a two year wait. However, the Bathgate couple say the £30-a-day travel costs to get through to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary are crippling them, after they both lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
The couple has set up a GoFundMe page in the hopes of raising £200 to cover travel costs to their final appointments, and keep their dreams alive.
Mairi, 25, told the Daily Record : "We can't give this chance at IVF up, it might be the only one we get. Some weeks we are at the hospital three times a week and we just can't afford it after we both lost our jobs because of Covid. We are desperate for this IVF to work, but we need to be able to get there for that to happen."
Mairi, says she and Jamie, 28, applied for IVF in 2019, and were put on a waiting list, which they were warned 'could take years'.
But in December 2020, after a year of tests, the couple were given the news they had been waiting for when they received a call to say they could start the gruelling IVF process.
However in January this year, just a month into the process, Jamie, a warehouse worker, lost his regular agency job when the company he was working for dropped agency staff as they tried to claw back losses due to Covid.
Determined he would get another job, the couple carried on with their IVF treatment, fearing that if they pulled out they might not get another chance.
But disaster struck again in April this year when Starbucks worker Mairi also lost her job as a result of the pressures of the pandemic.
By then the couple were half way through their IVF journey and unable to pull out or lose their chance of ever becoming parents.
Mairi says as well as losing their jobs, the couple's 2006 Honda Jazz irreparably broke down, forcing them to rely on public transport to get to and from appointments.
But as the treatment intensifies, Mairi says, the costs are mounting and the couple simply can't afford it.
She said: "We are paying £30 per day and some weeks we need to go three times so that's £90 a week and we don't have an income.
"I have been trying to sell my clothes and handbags and things that might make us some money and I have been making jewellery to sell as well, in the hopes that it will pay for trains and buses.
"I decided to set up a GoFundMe so hopefully that will help. We just don't know how we can keep paying out these travel costs. I haven't even been able to think about what will happen if we don't raise the money."
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The couple, who were married in October 2019, quickly realised they were struggling to conceive after trying for a baby for over a year.
After testing both of them, medics discovered that antibodies in Jamie's sperm were preventing the couple conceiving naturally.
In December 2020 the couple finally got the call to say they could start the process to hopefully getting them pregnant.
But Mairi says all being well she could be pregnant "within weeks" but fears the whole process could have been for nothing if they can't finance their transport.
She said: "Next week I am going to have my eggs removed and, if they're viable they will start the insemination process. Realistically i could be pregnant in a few weeks, but it just might not happen if we can't get to the appointments."
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