Widow gives birth to husband's twins through IVF three years after he died

Three years after David, 45, died from throat cancer, his wife Lucy Kelsall, 27, has welcomed their twins.

She was able to bring his children into the world thanks to IVF, using sperm David had frozen before he passed away.

The new mum, from Bristol, married David in 2012 and made a promise to him before he passed away in 2017 that he would be a father no matter what.

Despite being told by doctors that her chances of getting pregnant were slim, due to her cycle beginning before the embryo had been transferred, Lucy gave birth to two health boys, named David and Samuel, after her second round of IVF.

‘He would have been an amazing father,’ Lucy said.

‘It was so emotional at the birth and I still can’t get my head around the fact that I have a bit of David with me forever.

‘One of them has David’s long legs and big feet – he had size 15 feet – and one has his green eyes.

‘The doctors said my womb wasn’t the right environment and the IVF wouldn’t work due to my womb being inhabitable I insisted they gave it a chance.

‘When I found out there were two heartbeats the doctors were amazed.’

Just two years after they tied the knot, the couple received the devastating news that David, a mental health worker, had a secondary tumour in his throat.

Over the next three years he underwent 99 rounds of radiotherapy, had his voice box and part of his neck removed, and used an electronic device to communicate.

The couple, who had dreamed of starting a family since they married, had started trying for a baby before David became too ill in 2014 and eventually made the decision to freeze his sperm before treatment made him infertile.

Just days before he passed away, Lucy made a promise to him that she’d use it to have his baby. leaving David’s mum, Wilma, 85, from Preston, Lancs, delighted.

David eventually passed away in 2017 when the tumour wrapped itself around an artery in his neck and doctors were unable to remove it.

Lucy said: ‘He came home from the hospital and I was really looking forward to getting snuggled up and watching Netflix because we were always so happy to see each other.

‘He went to have a shower and when I went to check on him he was bleeding from the mouth so we went to hospital then to a hospice where we spent some time together.

‘David was amazing, such an inspiration and an intelligent and caring man.’

Now the twins have been born, Lucy is overjoyed to have a piece of David with her after his death.

Wilma, the grandma to the twins, said: ‘It’s a double-edged sword because I’m devastated about David but also so happy and so pleased for Lucy.

‘When he died I did think that my chance to be a grandma to David’s children had gone but I knew it was in the back of Lucy’s mind and that they’d saved the sperm.

‘David would be so happy and feel so blessed, he would just look at them in amazement.

‘She’s given me the chance to be a grandma to David’s babies.

‘We were so shocked when we found out it was twins because we’d be lucky just to have one and it was Lucy’s last chance.

‘I prayed it would work and I prayed for them a lot before they were even born.

‘They’re an added gift and they are lovely, David looks like my David and Samuel looks like his mum.’

Lucy added: ‘Neither of us wanted children but as soon as we got married that changed.

‘We thought it would be selfish not to when we had the opportunity to bring up people who could be a good influence on the world when there’s so much bad out there.

‘We kept trying but looking back now because he was so ill and it took up so much of my time it just wouldn’t have worked.

‘It was an incredible marriage, it was so amazing. We didn’t have one argument in six years.

‘I couldn’t bear the thought of him leaving this earth without passing his genes and the hope of having his child kept me going.

‘Now I see a future again.

‘I will tell the boys about their dad every day so that he’s still a part of their lives and I have some photo albums to show them of mine and David’s life together.

‘We’ll visit David’s favourite places as a family, he loved the sea and Penarth pier where I scattered his ashes and I’ve saved some of his ashes for the boys to scatter when they’re older.

‘Having these boys was a way of making sure David is never forgotten.’

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