Mum Andrea was thrilled when she opened the Daily Mail newspaper today and saw this gorgeous photo of her baby twins Nico and Kiki on page three. It was taken by top Daily Mail photographer Murray Sanders to go with my story about how Nico saved Kiki’s life before they were even born.
When Andrea was 20 weeks pregnant at her routine scan, doctors gave her and husband Paul some devastating news. There appeared to be a problem with Kiki’s heart, the placenta wasn’t functioning properly and the waters were leaking. All doctors could do was prepare Paul and Andrea for an imminent miscarriage.
But then incredibly baby Nico moved into a position underneath Kiki and caused a plug, stopping her from miscarrying and sealing off any infection.
Amazingly she stayed in this unusual position for ten weeks – which made all the difference. It meant that Andrea managed to get to 30 weeks when the babies were delivered healthily.
Both little girls are now aged seven months and a bundle of mischief for their doting parents, who also have a son Luca, 4 and another daughter, India, 3. They are also particularly close. As Andrea says, it isn’t only because they shared a womb but because Nico saved Kiki’s life – in fact she and Paul think of Nico as a little guardian angel.
Adds Andrea: “The story couldn’t have been better than it was in the Daily Mail. Paul and I were both delighted with the write up and the photos of the girls was gorgeous. Even Paul and I didn’t mind our photo!”
At the same time, a credit was given the charity Sparks – a charity dedicated to championing pioneering research into conditions affecting mums to be, babies and children – which Andrea will be running in the London Marathon 2012 for.
I have now placed this uplifting story with a top women’s magazine.
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Amanda Gudz’s amazing true life story was printed over two pages of the DAILY MIRROR newspaper this week.
After spending £30,000 on 15 failed IVF attempts, Amanda Gudz had given up thoughts of having a baby. But she hadn’t counted on the selfless generosity of her sisters. For Samantha offered to be a surrogate. Using an egg from Amanda and sperm from Amanda’s husband Darren, the couple were thrilled when having implanted the embryo into Samantha’s uterus, she got pregnant. And this gave Amanda daughter Esme, now two.
Esme totally fulfilled Amanda but she and Darren had remaining embryos still frozen in storage. And then the hospital wrote to them asking what to do with the embryos. The choices are to continue storing them at a cost, donate them to another couple, allow them to perish or give them to research. There was of course one other option – Amanda and Darren could give the embryos the chance of life themselves.
So that is what they did. This time sister Ellen wrote out a cheque to fund the IVF. Only two embryos survived the thawing process and were good enough to implant into Amanda’s uterus. She really thought after so many years it would never work. But it did – against all the odds Amanda got pregnant and she has now had baby Thea. Incredibly, although born two years apart, the girls are twins.
When she was having Thea, sister Michelle stepped in to look after Esme.
Amanda told me: “I feel so lucky. But I wouldn’t have had my children if it weren’t for my sisters and I will be eternally grateful to them. The article was spot on. It reads great and I am so very pleased. Thank you so much.”
Interestingly the story about Amanda’s sister being a surrogate had already appeared in the press two years ago. But I was able to place this update again – and Amanda now has another deal with a leading women’s weekly magazine.
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Selfless generosity of my younger sister gave me a baby – real-life story in the DAILY MAIL newspaper yesterday.
Proving that stories in national newspapers do not have to be nasty or sensationalist to be printed, this delightful story appeared in the news section of the Daily Mail yesterday.
When Cheryl was 17 she discovered she’d been born without a womb. The news was absolutely devastating and she believed she might not ever meet a man who wanted her, let alone have a baby.
Fortunately when she met Jason, he loved her anyway. But although the couple tried very hard to make a life without children, she couldn’t put her dreams of being a mum on hold for ever and began looking into surrogacy.
It was then that younger sister Lyndsay Wootton offered to carry Cheryl’s baby for her.
As Cheryl still has ovaries, she and Jason underwent IVF and her eggs were fertilised with Jason’s sperm – but the resulting embryo was put back into Lyndsay’s uterus.
Lyndsay then gave birth to Cheryl and Jason’s son Elliot. Lyndsay tells me it was the ‘easiest decision I have ever made’ and needless to say her generosity has given her sister and brother-in-law a wonderful gift. In fact, Cheryl says she can never thank Lyndsay enough.
Regular sellyourstoryuk blog readers might recall a version of this story has already appeared via Featureworld in the Sunday People newspaper but as is common when interviewees come to me to sell a story, I always endeavour to gain them multiple deals. So you might not be surprised to know that this wonderful story will be appearing in Take a Break magazine on Thursday and a baby magazine has also offered to print Cheryl’s story.
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Emotional real-life story of two sisters who both suffered from cystic fibrosis – and how one lived, while the other died – in BELLA magazine this week.
Sarah Bithell and younger sister Lisa shared everything together – including cystic fibrosis. This is an inherited condition that clogs the lungs with mucus making it hard to breathe. Sadly many sufferers spend their lives in and out of hospital and die before the age of 30.
And as the girls reached their mid-twenties, the cystic fibrosis began to take its toll on both of them. It was then Sarah made the life-changing decision to have a lung transplant. This in itself was very risky and Sarah spent a year recovering after her operation.
But while Sarah hoped Lisa would make the same decision, she decided she couldn’t go through with it. Sarah believes seeing her go through such a big operation put Lisa off. Despite asking her sister if she might reconsider, Lisa refused.
As Sarah got better, Lisa began to deteriorate. Sarah felt angry at her sister for not going through with it and as Lisa became too ill to cope with an op, she knew she would lose her sister for good.
Lisa was 30 when she died and naturally Sarah took it very hard. In the months after her death she felt grief and guilt that she was here while Lisa was not.
However, it was then she found Lisa’s diary and it was words about how Lisa believed in Sarah and her artwork that spurred Sarah on. Today she is about to do an MA in art therapy. She is aged 35, healthy and has a boyfriend.
Sarah says: “Not a day goes by when I don’t miss Lisa. But I am now living my life to the full for both of us.”
Following the Bella article this week, Sarah now has another deal gained by Featureworld and her incredible true-life story is now due to appear in a glossy upmarket monthly magazine.
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