Young couple turn to internet to fund IVF treatment

Kimberleigh and Joel Earle are fundraising online for IVF treatment and are hoping people will donate.
Kimberleigh and Joel Earle are fundraising online for IVF treatment and are hoping people will donate. Brett Wortman

KIMBERLEIGH and Joel Earle need your help to make a baby.

After three years of trying to conceive, the young Birtinya married couple have been told their only chance is through in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Now they have taken the interesting step of seeking donations from friends, family and even strangers online to help them undergo the first round of treatment.

The couple hope to raise $6000 through the campaign.

"We felt uncomfortable asking friends and family and I felt awkward doing the page," Mrs Earle said.

"But the support we've gotten from friends who have shared it has been amazing.

"To be honest anything that I can get is very helpful.

"Whatever we raise will help us achieve our dream."

The couple met through work five years ago and married a year later.

They've been trying to start a family for the past three years.

Mr Earle said they decided to set up the donation account after reading about the success of new products and artists funded through crowd-sourcing means.

"We thought some people might find this in poor taste, but for those close to us they know how important this is and it was well received by everyone we knew," he said.

"Normally we would take out a loan or fund our medical expenses ourself, but the journey through infertility has been a hard one and we have already exhausted our resources trying all other options before arriving at IVF."

Mrs Earle has been told she has polycystic ovary syndrome one of the most common female endocrine disorders, as well as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, a complication from some forms of fertility medication.

She also underwent surgery for her endometriosis, a condition in which endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the womb , grows outside the uterus.

She's also had three rounds of artificial insemination (IUI) which also failed.

"I've tried taking herbs, acupuncture, changing diet, eating Brazil nuts, pineapple ... you name it. I've searched everything you can think of to fall pregnant."

"So far we've spent $6000 on just tests and medical bills, and that's not including having the procedures carried out."

Mrs Earle said it was her dream to become a mother.

"If I don't accomplish much in life, I know that being a mum is the one thing I want to be the most," she said. "It has been a very hard and long road but I have never given up because I know I will be a mum."

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