Callum clinics success story
HE may only be 12 weeks old, but little Callum Gluyas has been astounding his parents and doctors since conception.
The Mullumbimby boy with the deep blue eyes is the first child to have been born through Murwillumbah's only IVF service Monash IVF.
Formerly headed by local fertility specialist Dr David Hodgson, Monash IVF expanded into the Tweed more than a year ago to take advantage of demand in the area.
Callum's parents Jai and Jamie signed up when they discovered that Jai suffered polycystic ovarian syndrome and could not find another way to have a second child.
"It was a tough decision because it wasn't a natural method," said Jai.
"It also meant that I had no life because the whole thing was based around times. You really have to want it.
"But the experience brought Jamie and I closer together and I would do it again."
Jai and Jamie said they felt incredibly lucky at the "easy run" they were given with IVF. Jai fell pregnant first time, unlike some women they met who were on their fourth round of IVF treatment.
"When we started we were in it for the long run and were prepared for it not to happen or for it to take a few times. But we were given the easiest run," said Jamie.
The young couple yesterday welcomed Monash's expansion of services in the Tweed, which will mean clients will be able to access all IVF treatments locally.
"We would get up at 5am some mornings to attend doctor's appointments in Southport," said Jai.
"Bringing it closer makes everything a lot easier."