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Tragic Kirsti's baby sorrow.

THE heartbroken mother of tragic tot Tace Corcoran-Rees has been told she cannot try for children after being struck down with a rare brain condition.

Kirsti Corcoran-Rees, 30, has been diagnosed with Benine Intracranial Hypertension - a condition which can lead to blindness.

She and husband Derek, 50, have been trying desperately for another baby ever since Tace, one, died six months ago when a heart transplant could not be found for her.

Two years before, their first son Connor died at birth.

But now the couple have been told they cannot try for another child for at least a year as Kirsti battles to beat her illness.

She said: "We're very down. I just can't believe something like this has happened to me and mine again so soon after a huge tragedy.

"It's just one thing after another."

She added: "We want another baby so much but have been told not to try because the drugs I'm taking could harm the baby, and pregnancy could affect my vision."

Kirsti's eyesight has been deteriorating for the last two months. She first noticed the problem in Scotland just after she and Derek were wed.

Doctors believe the condition will get better, but Kirsti is now living in fear of going blind. She added: "There's a possibility it may get worse."

Kirsti is now worried her work with the Tace Appeal - which they set up to raise awareness of the need for donor cards after Tace died - will suffer.

Kirsti's condition only normally affects one in 100,000 each year.

Phil Smith, consultant neurologist at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where Kirsti is being treated, said most cases were treatable but could be a threat to vision in pregnancy.
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Author:Williams, Brendon
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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