Mark Taylor and his family
This Father's Day, Mark Taylor is thanking his lucky stars after finally completing his family.
The 33-year-old, from Bingham, was unlikely to live past 16 due to being born with cystic fibrosis, let alone father two wonderful daughters. Thanks to IVF treatment, Mark and his wife Kate will be enjoying Father's Day with the family they never thought they would have.
The couple recently brought 11-week-old Emily into the world to complete their family with five-year-old Phoebe.
Mark, who works as a sales manager, said: "It's obviously really special for me. I never thought I would have children when I was younger. I was born with cystic fibrosis and there is 99 per cent chance that you will not be able to have children naturally.
"We went through IVF and without that obviously it would have been impossible to have children, so it's a bit of a miracle really. It's amazing that you can do these things nowadays – and being able to spend Father's Day just spending time with my children will be fantastic."
Mr Taylor said he hopes his story will give others with cystic fibrosis belief that they too can have children. "A lot of people with cystic fibrosis don't make it to an age where they can have children, so I'm very lucky to be able to have that and a career as well," he added. "Emily is starting to be a bit more interactive now and she is smiling and playing with her little sister which is fantastic."
Kate, 34, a teaching assistant who is currently on maternity leave, said: "He wasn't expected to live past 16 so he probably never thought about having a family when he was younger. "They're both little miracles and it's going to mean so much to Mark to have them both here on Father's Day. We knew when we started the IVF back in 2007 that there wasn't a definite possibility we would be able to have children, and I just kept expecting something to go wrong. "We have two courses with Phoebe and three with Emily. I think if it wasn't so complicated we would probably have more children, but because of the situation we are in I think that's it for us now – we have our family."
Medical Director, said: "This lovely couple had to go on a very long and difficult journey to have their children. We are delighted to have been able to help them. "They have achieved the impossible, given the challenges of cystic fibrosis, preventing Mark from conceiving naturally. We are extremely happy for them. We would like to send our best wishes for Fathers' Day and for the future."