Mary Coustas’ struggle to become a mother has been marred by tragedy, but she finally announces some wonderful news. Excerpt courtesy of Sixty Minutes, Nine Network
MARY Coustas has given the world the first look at her precious baby girl – the daughter she and husband George Betsis waited ten years to meet.
In an emotional interview with 60 Minutes last night, the delighted new parents showed off their pride and joy, Jamie Betsis, who they welcomed to the world in November last year.
It was a happy follow-up to the heartbreaking interview the pair gave in August last year which detailed their decade of trying to conceive via IVF and the tragic setbacks they endured along the way.
“We didn’t assume that we would get the happy ending,” Coustas told Channel Nine last night.
“I mean many people don’t and we were looking like we were not going to get it.”
Mary Coustas and baby Jamie. Picture: Channel Nine Source: Supplied
Back in August, Coustas who is known for her portrayal of TV personality Effie, told of how she endured almost 20 separate IVF treatments and numerous miscarriages in her attempt to fall pregnant.
She also shared her devastating experience of having to go through a selective reduction process after falling pregnant with triplets only to eventually give birth to one, a stillborn baby girl she named Stevie.
“I still went back to Greece on three occasions after Stevie,” she said. “I still did six other attempts after Stevie to get Jamie.
“That’s a lot, that’s more than most people do to get one child, the first time they do IVF.
“And yet I’m sure I’ve done over 20 IVFs. I don’t even dare to find out the amount.”
Mary Coustas, affectionately known to most Australians as Effie, revealed her heartbreaking struggle to become a mother in an interview last August. Picture: 60 Minutes Source: Supplied
Proud dad Betsis said they were never going to give up on their chance of being parents until they had exhausted every opportunity.
“I think experiences like this, you discover your limits and you test your limits and we didn’t want to have any regrets later to say that we didn’t fully exhaust every ounce of our energy and being to get there,” he said.
Jamie was born on the 25th November last year in the same ward in the same hospital as Effie lost her Stevie at 22 weeks.
“When (Jamie) appeared it was such an overwhelming feeling of proof of all that effort, all that not giving up was finally there personified in this prize and she was just adorable. It was just the most intravenous feeling of ‘yes it happened. It actually happened’.
Baby Jamie was born on November 25 last year. Source: Supplied
“I had nothing to worry about anymore. It’s like for the last decade we’ve been sitting in a room with the lights out and then finally someone came and switched the lights on.
“Nothing good comes out of giving up. If I’d given up we wouldn’t have gotten to this.
So the question on everyone’s lips is would the pair do it again for a chance at a sibling for Jamie?
“I don’t know whether we could do it again,” said Coustas. “I cant see it.”
Added Betsis: “I don’t know, I think we’re pretty happy right now.”
Mary Coustas, George Betsis and their gorgeous daughter Jamie. Picture: Channel Nine Source: Supplied
Mary Coustas in character as “Effie”. Source: News Limited