Tributes paid to Northampton infertility expert who transformed the lives of thousands of people

Roy Davies helped thousands of couples become parents over 30 years at NGH and CARE Fertility. He passed away in December last year, but an inquest into his death yesterday returned an open verdict.

Roy Davies helped thousands of couples become parents over 30 years at NGH and CARE Fertility. He passed away in December last year, but an inquest into his death yesterday returned an open verdict.

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The brother of “remarkable” doctor Roy Davies has, following his inquest, paid tribute to the Northampton General Hospital infertility expert without whom thousands of Northamptonshire families would not exist.

He was joined in his tributes by a hospital, a clinic and several women who the consultant had helped become mothers, or whose lives he had saved.

Speaking on behalf of his family his brother, Alistair, said: “We’re grateful for the messages received from Roy’s colleagues and patients celebrating this remarkable and deeply humane man.

“Over a long career, his great skills as a surgeon and infertility specialist transformed the lives of thousands of patients.”

William ‘Roy’ Davies, aged 66, from Great Billing, was a father of four and, while shy of the limelight, also the man to see for Northants couples having trouble conceiving.

He became a consultant at NGH in 1985 and immediately set up the Infertility Clinic, followed by Northants Fertility Service nearby in 1989. Just 10 years later, the unit had seen well over a thousand babies born.

Women - who referred to themselves as Mr Davies’ Ladies - would be seen by him at all hours. Scans would be carried out at 7am before his theatre list and he would give out his mobile number for round-the-clock advice.

He made a point of seeing these couples personally in his antenatal clinic, delivering the IVF babies he had helped create - sometimes while off duty - and operating on the mums.

On December 15, 2015, Mr Davies was found unconscious at his home after an apparent suicide attempt. He was taken to NGH and passed away days later.

However an inquest yesterday returned an open verdict as coroner Anne Pember could not be certain he had taken his own life, nor that he died accidentally.

Julie Addison, who was told she could never have children, said: “Mr Davies told me not to give up hope.

“After removing my left fallopian and clearing the other he told me now was our time to look to the future.”

After two miscarriages, she finally fell pregnant with and gave birth to little girl in November of that year.

She said: “Mr Davies will always be in our hearts and I will tell my daughter all about him.”

Debbie Pocklington’s son, Ben, was conceived with Mr Davies’ expertise. Eighteen years later, he returned to the clinic following lymphoma that made him infertile, to see about using his own father’s sperm to allow to have a child.

Mrs Pocklington said: “If all goes to plan not only my children but grandchildren will be due to his greatness, kindness and knowledge.”

Mr Davies saved the life of Shelley Garrison’s mum when Shelley was eight. After fertility treatment, it was thought she had miscarried but it turned out to be an ectopic pregnancy.

If it hadn’t been for Mr Davies pushing for and carrying out the operation himself she may well have died.

Shelley said: “She always speaks so fondly of Mr Davies and how he helped her through those difficult times. I’ll be forever grateful to the man who made sure a little girl got to grow up with her mummy who is now her best friend.”

Theresa Wright, whose life Mr Davies saved with surgery, along with her baby, Callum - said: “Not a day will pass where I don’t thank him, not only for my children’s lives but my own too.”

Debbie Pocklington’s son, Ben, was conceived with Mr Davies’ expertise. Eighteen years later he returned to the clinic following lymphoma that had made him infertile, to see about using his own father’s sperm to allow him to have a child.

Mrs Pocklington said: “If all goes to plan, not only my children but grandchildren will be due to Mr Davies’ greatness, kindness and knowledge.”

Roy Davies saw NHS patients at Northampton General but also used his expertise as a sessional consultant across the road at the CARE Fertility clinic.

Aside from his clinical work, he had been an expert witness in infertility since 1990.

Judith Byrne of CARE Northampton, said: “Roy was always very positive with his couples, giving them hope and aiding them to fulfil their wish of starting a family.

“A memory I have of Roy that remains close to my heart is hearing him say to every couple following consultation or embryo transfer, ‘see you in my antenatal clinic’.”

NGH also paid fulsome tribute to a man who always shunned exposure, despite his brilliance.

Chairman Paul Farenden said: “Roy will be remembered for his warm and compassionate care by the many parents in Northamptonshire who will be forever indebted to him for making a precious pregnancy possible.”

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