A BRADFORD couple are celebrating having their "miracle" baby home for Easter after defying an array of medical risks during a pregnancy doctors initially said may not go beyond 14 weeks.

Gideon Yobo, 32, and his wife Blessing, 23, are now safely back at their home in Redbrook Way, Heaton, with their son Caleb, who was born at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) earlier this month.

Doctors had warned against Mrs Yobo falling pregnant due to her being diagnosed with lupus, an incurable illness affecting the immune system, and being affected by kidney problems.

Despite periods of being "very ill" during her pregnancy, Caleb was born healthy, and the national charity Lupus UK said while it did not advise high-risk pregnancies for people with active lupus, the Yobo's story was "wonderful" to hear.

Mr Yobo, a projects manager and the brother of former Premier League footballer and Nigerian international Joseph Yobo, told the Telegraph & Argus the couple had settled in Bradford after his wife completed her studies in Integrated Science at the city's university.

The pair are members of the El-Shaddai International Christian Centre, based at Restoration House on Bowling Old Lane.

Despite having been made aware of the risks, he said his wife became pregnant after the pair were married last year.

At ten weeks, Mrs Yobo was admitted to hospital, and the pair were told they should consider terminating the pregnancy as consultants thought the baby would not survive beyond 14 weeks.

"The doctors suggested we should think of stopping the pregnancy, but we both decided beforehand that whatever happens, whatever the risks, we would carry on," said Mr Yobo.

"We just knew it wouldn't end up in disaster and put our trust in God.

"Everyone was shocked when she got to 20 weeks, and then we just carried on."

Due to the high risks involved, doctors at BRI monitored Mrs Yobo very closely throughout her pregnancy, and despite periods where they admitted she had been "very ill", she was successfully induced at 37 weeks.

"When Caleb was born, everything was just perfect," said Mr Yobo.

"They did tests on him, some of them three or four times, and the doctors couldn't believe he had come out fine.

"Some people would have given up, but we were determined not to.

"We held on to our faith and beliefs and followed our gut instinct."

Lupus UK said women whose disease was active when they became pregnant ran the risk of suffering greater problems during pregnancy, and were more likely to need additional drug therapy as the disease could affect the development of the baby, as well as making the mother unwell.

Experts advise that potential mothers have their lupus under control for at least six months before trying to become pregnant.

The charity said that a study had shown that women who have active lupus within three months of getting pregnant, as in the case of the Yobo's, were four times more likely to lose their babies.

Other complications can include a three-fold increase in babies being born prematurely, around 35 per cent of pregnancies suffering pre-eclampsia, and a higher risk of poor growth of babies resulting in stillbirth.

Paul Howard, projects manager at the Essex-based charity, said: "The risks for complications during the pregnancy, such as a miscarriage, are real.

"If the lupus is active, there is an increased chance of a flare-up during pregnancy, which can lead to foetal loss and the mother risking her own health.

"We would advise people not to get pregnant until their lupus is under control.

"Lupus is a very varied condition, and the fact that there is a better understanding now of the risks during pregnancy is increasing the likelihood of cases such as this one having a happy ending.

"But, it certainly sounds like this couple have been extremely lucky.

"We wouldn't advise high-risk pregnancies with active lupus, as having a healthy mum and baby is definitely against the odds, especially for someone with kidney problems.

"But stories like this do happen, and they are wonderful to hear."

Mr Yobo said his wife was now making a full recovery at home and hadn't suffered any side-effects from the traumatic pregnancy.

"She is doing fine, and Caleb is just fantastic," he said.

"We registered him the other day and the medical records are flawless, everything is ok.

"I always knew he would be a miracle baby, and that's what the doctors said he was.

"They said they couldn't believe our determination and belief, but Caleb just shows that miracles do happen."

Mr Yobo has written a song in honour of Caleb, entitled ‘Like Father Like Son’, which is available to download, with all proceeds going to a family charity.

To hear the track, visit https://preciousseedrecords.bandcamp.com/