Baby defies odds of rare disease at Liverpool hospital
A couple who were told they were unlikely to have a healthy baby have defied the odds with the help of pioneering treatment at a Liverpool hospital.
John and Kerry Bates both carry a gene linked to a severe form of muscular dystrophy.
They lost their 20-month-old son to the rare muscle-wasting disorder in 2005, and were told their best chance of having a family was through adoption.
Now they are the proud parents of a healthy baby girl, thanks to staff at Liverpool Women's Hospital.