By Hannah Crocker
After four miscarriages and a harrowing stillbirth, this stunning pageant winner almost gave up hope of ever being a mum.
But after five years of trying, Krisina Jagpal, from Birmingham, West Mids, finally has the miracle baby she always dreamed of.
Now 10 weeks old, little Prince-Ah’rieon Coley is thriving – but proud mum Krisina, 29, and her fiance Eli Coley, 31, have had more than their fair share of heartache along the way.
After suffering four heartbreaking miscarriages, the pair were devastated when their fifth pregnancy ended with a tragic stillbirth.
Incredibly, just four weeks later, they fell pregnant for a sixth time – and after a scare at 32 weeks, Krisina was rushed in for a terrifying emergency c-section – but nine months to the day after they lost their daughter, she gave birth to her miracle baby boy.
Krisina, a stay-at-home mum, said: “I was terrified throughout the whole pregnancy.
“I just kept thinking, ‘what if something goes wrong again?’
“I don’t think I could have dealt with it for a sixth time.
“I was terrified when I was rushed in for emergency surgery – I didn’t know what was happening, and I was just praying they would save my baby.
“Being able to finally bring him home with us after everything we’ve been through has been incredible.”
Krisina and Eli, a model, met six years ago after competing in Miss and Mr Birmingham competitions – and after just a year, they decided to start trying for a baby.
Krisina said: “We thought it would be plain sailing.
“I fell pregnant quite quickly, but I miscarried at eight weeks.
“It was a shock – I’d never been through anything like it before, and it’s one of those things you think will never happen to you.
“You just think you get pregnant and have a baby – but that didn’t happen.
“It was very painful – we were given all the leaflets and told it would take time to get over it.
“It was a lot to take in.
“My emotions were everywhere, and I just felt lost.”
The pair started trying again straight away, and Krisina fell pregnant for a second time six months later – but this time she lost the baby at 11 weeks.
When she fell pregnant a third time, another six months later, she lost the baby at six weeks.
After being referred to Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Krisina was diagnosed with endometriosis, which had damaged her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Krisina and Eli were overjoyed when they discovered they were pregnant for a fourth time.
Despite their initial fears, they made it past the 12 week mark – but tragically, at 16 weeks, doctors told Krisina she had suffered a missed miscarriage.
Her baby had passed away at 12 weeks, but her body hadn’t recognised the loss, meaning she still experienced the signs and symptoms of a normal pregnancy.
The couple were devastated – but amazingly, just months later, Krisina fell pregnant for the fifth time.
She made it to the 20 week scan, and was relieved to be told everything was normal.
Krisina said: “Everything seemed to be going well – but I was still on edge constantly.
“At 32 weeks, I went for a routine appointment with the midwife – I’d had a scan a couple of days before so I didn’t need another, but I had one anyway because I like hearing her heartbeat.
“But the midwife couldn’t find one.
“I was rushed to the Women’s Hospital and scanned by three separate doctors – and they all came to the conclusion my baby had passed away.
“I just couldn’t breathe, it felt so surreal – everything had been going so well, and I was nearly at the end.
“Her heartbeat on the screen was just a flatline, and we could see her lying there lifeless on the scan – it was like something from a movie.
“I couldn’t believe it was happening again – I couldn’t stop crying.”
Krisina and Eli went home heartbroken, returning to the hospital three days on later to be induced. Their baby girl was stillborn on 7 April 2016, and they named her Ah’rielle.
They buried their baby on 18 May, and the next day they flew to Egypt for a week to spend some time alone together.
But incredibly, just four weeks later, Krisina found out she was pregnant for the sixth time.
She said: “I was so scared.
“We kept the pregnancy a secret from everybody – we didn’t want to tell them and then lose it again, especially so soon after the horrific ordeal of losing Ah’rielle.”
Krisina was scanned regularly and the baby’s heart was checked twice a week, increasing to every day when she passed 26 weeks.
At 32 weeks, she was admitted to Birmingham Women’s Hospital with pre-eclampsia.
She said: “I was constantly on edge – every time he was still, it terrified me.
“When I was in hospital, I felt something was wrong – they checked me and said everything was OK, but I knew something wasn’t right with my body.
“The next morning they found that the baby’s heart rate had dropped – they whisked me away to high dependency.
“They told me not to panic as alarms went off, and they said I was going to have an emergency c-section – I was hysterical.
“They gave me an epidural and cut me open – another alarm went off and more people rushed in with an incubator.
“They told me I’d had a concealed placenta eruption, and was internally bleeding.
“I was just lying on the bed, shouting and begging them to save my baby.
“It was all over in 10 minutes – but it felt like the longest 10 minutes of my life.
“They got him out but there was no cry – I still couldn’t see him, and my heart was beating so fast.
“All of a sudden I heard him wail – they brought him round and let me kiss him, but then they ran off with him in the incubator.”
Baby Prince-Ah’rieon was born on 7 January 2017 – exactly nine months after Ah’rielle was stillborn – and weighed just 4lbs 2oz.
Eli rushed to the hospital, but the pair weren’t able to see their baby until the next day.
Krisina said: “I remember going down in my wheelchair – he was so tiny in his incubator, and had so many tubes coming out of him.
“But it was amazing to see him there, in real life, breathing and alive.
“The next day I was able to hold him, and having him on my chest was just the best feeling.”
Krisina came home from hospital four weeks later, and baby Prince-Ah’rieon joined her and Eli a week later.
She said: “We were so scared to bring him home – we were so happy we were finally able to, but we were terrified at the same time.
“But he’s been amazing, and he’s gone from strength to strength.
“He’s so funny, he just smiles and laughs all the time.
“I still get scared, and I often touch him when he’s asleep to check he’s still breathing.
“We’ll tell him all about his brother and sister when he’s older, and we’ve already taken him to the cemetery.
“It still feels surreal – within the space of nine months, we lost Ah’rielle and had Prince-Ah’rieon.
“I just still can’t believe we finally have him – he really is our miracle baby.”