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The woman campaigning for a controversial operation to be outlawed after it left her in constant pain

A woman from March in Cambridgeshire is calling for a controversial operation designed to cure incontinence after childbirth to be suspended.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency says it believes the benefits of the operation outweigh the risks.

But Kath Sansom says the procedure, known as TVT, has caused her painful side effects.

"As the days went by I had terrible pain in my groin, in my legs. It was so extreme, it rang alarm bells. I knew you should be over it very quickly; you were told it was this very easy operation."

– Kath Sansom

The government's healthcare watchdog says it sympathises with women who have suffered complications and it will continue to monitor their safety and performance.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sascha Williams


Mother's pregnancy battle after waters break at 16 weeks

Mother goes on to have healthy baby after waters break at 16 weeks Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Hertfordshire mother whose waters broke at just 16 weeks into her second pregnancy has beaten the odds of less than 1%, to go on and have a healthy baby.

35-year-old Katy Evans was advised that she would go into labour within a week and that her only option was to have a termination, but she decided to let nature take its course.

Two weeks later she had a scan which showed her waters had replenished and her baby was okay.

Katy Evans' scan at 18 weeks showing amniotic fluid has replenished Credit: Katy Evans

Katy researched online about " Pre-term premature rupture of the membranes" and found that there was a slim chance of being able to carry her baby to full term.

"Everyone is telling you it's not possible and you want to fight for that little person and so we decided that we would want to give them the chance, let nature take its course and not intervene and let whatever is going to happen, happen."

– Katy Evans
Baby Leo is now 8 months old Credit: ITV News Anglia

Katy then went on to have a normal pregnancy and carried Leo until she was 33 weeks.

The birth of Leo Credit: Katy Evans

"It's wonderful. He had so little hope and now he's made it, you almost forget how awful it was because we are so happy now."

– Katy Evans

Katy now hopes more research is carried out into PPROM and that the current statistics being used by Doctors in the UK, are updated.

She hopes it will lead to women being more informed about what is happening to them.