A recovering alcoholic who would drink 24 beers and two bottles of wine every day has had an IVF baby after giving up booze.
Heather Ogburn Stokes, 36, had been drinking heavily since she was just 11 years old as her life spiralled out of control from a very early age.
She thought her addiction would cost her the chance to have children of her own as her health had started to decline.
After six miscarriages, Heather and husband, Justin, 36, thought their lifelong dreams of beginning a family were doomed forever.
Incredibly, the couple’s wishes finally came true last year after Heather decided to ditch the drink and look into IVF.
She gave birth to beautiful daughter, Alice, this summer.
Heather, who now runs a treatment centre for addicts, said: “I was an alcoholic since I was 11.
“I drank to numb pain, it was my solution and I couldn’t control it. I would drink 24 beers and two bottles of wine every day.
“My health was declining and I was fighting for my life. Even my first miscarriage didn’t stop me.”
Heather, of Houston, Texas, finally decided to stop drinking in 2011 after she was arrested for driving under the influence when she wrecked her car.
But, after meeting mechanic Justin and suffering six miscarriages, the birth of Alice following one round of IVF finally brought an end to Heather’s fertility nightmare.
She continued: “I’ve been given another chance in life. One way or another I wanted to be a mother.
“She’s amazing, she’s sassy and sweet. It was a tough pregnancy but she was worth it. I had my first miscarriage in 2010.
“I was in an unhealthy relationship with my ex fiancé and I wasn’t healthy myself so I thought the loss was down to that.
“It was devastating and I blamed myself. I had a few conversations with God.
“I had two more miscarriages and thought its not meant to be but I cherished and honoured them and thought they were my angels.
“I kept just trying to push through and got out of that relationship and started to feel worthy enough to have a man who treated me well.
“I rekindled a relationship with Justin because I finally felt worthy of him. I got my life together and we got married.”
Heather discovered she’d become pregnant on their wedding night but she sadly miscarried for a fourth time.
Heather said: “It was a fairy tale but I miscarried at two months and it hurt more.
“I thought I would fight for it because I was meant to be a mum so I started researching IVF.
“The doctors found that I had clotting and I started to get discouraged because I had got pregnant on my own, I just couldn’t carry them.
“We started IVF because we just wanted a baby.
“I got pregnant again naturally and thought this must be our miracle baby but miscarried again and it was devastating.
“It was happening back to back but I held onto hope.
“I thought there was a reason we were going through this and just left it up to God.
“Now I’ve got Alice, she’s my miracle girl. I thank God every day for my beautiful miracle child.”