A couple who have lodged an appeal after being refused fertility treatment are waiting to find out if their dream of becoming parents will come true.
Clare Walker has dreamed of becoming a mother since she was a teenager but those hopes were dashed in January when she and fiancé Matthew Garwell were denied fertility treatment.
The Downham couple were refused NHS funded IVF treatment as Mr Garwell has two children from a previous relationship.
They have lodged an appeal with the team at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and expect to learn the result shortly.
Miss Walker, 32, who gets a lot of joy from Mr Garwell’s children, said: “I have people deciding my future that have never met me or know my situation. They are playing God with my life.
“Becoming a mother means everything to me. I feel it is my purpose of being here.
“I want to have my own child. I want to be pregnant and go through all the morning sickness.
“People say you could foster or adopt but that is not the same for me. I want to carry my own child.
“Matthew is marvellous dad and it is nice to have his support.”
Fertility treatment is the only option for Miss Walker to become a mother after her Fallopian tubes were removed some years ago.
The couple have been together for two years and applied to have NHS funded IVF treatment last autumn.
Their application was refused during their first appointment at the hospital in January.
Miss Walker, who broke down when she was told the news, said: “I feel the decision was unfair.
“I know there are no guarantees that it will work but if I can at least try then that would help me. But they are not giving me a chance.
“IVF is my only choice.
“If this doesn’t work then if we become financial able in the future to pay to have a go then that may be a road we could go down.”
Mr Garwell works for a glazing firm while Miss Walker is currently unemployed.
Miss Walker has praised Mr Garwell for his support along with his children Connor, nine, and eight-year-old Evie.
She said: “He is fabulous. He is a marvellous dad.
“I get a lot of satisfaction in being a part of the children’s lives.
“I’m very thankful that their mum allows me to play such an important role. They do bring a lot of happiness.”