Sunderland mother who lost seven children delighted at three-parent IVF ruling

Edward Bernardi. 'This picture was taken  as he celebrated his 21st birthday with parents Sharon Bernardi and Neil Bernardi at their Sunderland home.
Edward Bernardi. 'This picture was taken as he celebrated his 21st birthday with parents Sharon Bernardi and Neil Bernardi at their Sunderland home.
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A SUNDERLAND mum who lost seven children to mitochondrial disease has spoken of her joy as creating three parent embryos becomes law in the UK.

The House of Lords yesterday passed a bill to allow the new technique, developed by doctors at Newcastle University, which takes healthy mitochondria – an integral part of the body’s cells – from a donor and adds them to the mother’s fertilised egg, effectively creating an embryo with three genetic parents.

Sharon Bernardi, 48, lost six babies to the cruel condition within hours of being born, and it took years for medics to work out the reason why.

Her seventh child Edward died nearly four years ago, aged 21.

“I just can’t believe it,” Sharon, of Springwell, told the Echo. “I was watching it last night. I am delighted. I think it is fantastic.

“This is something I’ve been trying to do for five years. My story has been out there because I lost all those babies to this cruel disease and this will be for families going through the same thing, to give others hope for the future. It is fantastic that it is being done here in the North East.

“On Sunday it will be four years since we lost Edward and I’m sure he is having a little party up there now.”