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IVF couple who lost jobs in pandemic can’t afford transport to appointments

Mairi and Jamie Purdie, who live in Bathgate, West Lothian, are determined to continue going to their IVF appointments for fear of losing their place at the front of the queue

Mairi and Jamie Purdie both lost their jobs during the pandemic

A couple who lost their jobs due to Covid can’t afford transport to their IVF appointments.

Mairi and Jamie Purdie, who live in Bathgate, West Lothian, have to fork out £30 each time they make the trip to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

With the couple having to do three trips a week, the cost is becoming overwhelming, the Daily Record reported.

They are desperate not to give up the treatment halfway through however, having waited two years to get to the front of the waiting list.

The couple are determined to have a baby

Mairi, 25, said: “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 and Jamie, 28, applied for the fertility procedure back in 2019, and were warned that it ‘could take years’ to get off the long waiting list.

In December 2020, after a year of many pregnancy tests, they were given the news that they could begin the IVF process in Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary.

But, in January of this year, only a month into the gruelling and costly process, Jamie lost his agency warehouse work.

The company he was employed with dropped excess staff in a bid to gain back their losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Determined to find new employment, they carried on with the fertility treatment.

However, in April 2021, Mairi lost her job in Starbucks, which was deemed as a result of the pressures the business was under during the pandemic.

Mairi and Jamie are struggling to pay for their transport costs

By that point, the couple were 50 per cent of the way through the procedure and could not pull out or else they’d lose their golden opportunity of becoming a mum and dad.

Mairi said that as well as losing both jobs, their shared 2006 Honda Jazz broke down and couldn’t be repaired, meaning they would have to rely on public transport to get them to and from the hospital.

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.”

The couple, who married back in October 2019, quickly found out that they struggled to conceive after trying for a child for well over 12 months.

After doctors tested both Mairi and Jamie, it was discovered that due to antibodies in Jamie’s sperm, they were unable to conceive naturally.

So the news of IVF treatment in December 2020 came as a golden chance for the couple to finally have a family of their own.

Mairi has said that 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 added: “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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