Kind mother’s precious gift of new life
ONLY HOPE: Twins are born after woman donates eggs
THIS Christmas will be the first for a very special set of twins who are here thanks to a gift from an Ashford woman.
Eight months ago a boy and girl were born as a result of 30-yearold Keri Spring donating eggs to her friend Tracy, who had suffered seven miscarriages.
Mum-of-two Mrs Spring, who lives in South Ashford, got to know Tracy as they both had their first child at the same time.
Since Tracy’s eldest was born five years ago she suffered miscarriage after miscarriage and she was told her only hope of having another child was with donated eggs.
Tracy, who lives in London and does not want to be identified due to the nature of her husband’s work, was then 39 and realised an expected two-year wait for donor eggs could be too long.
She researched the possibility of getting donor eggs from Russia, which is when Mrs Spring offered her eggs to her friend.
The two women underwent treatment in Tunbridge Wells and Mrs Spring received some good news on her birthday.
“Tracy sent me a photo of the positive test,” she said.
When the twins were born the Springs, who are now a special auntie, uncle and cousins to the twins, received texts throughout the night.
Mrs Spring said: “We became kind of non-godparents at a naming ceremony.
“I’d been asked to sing and it suddenly felt very emotional, but I think that was more to do with going through the miscarriages with my friend.”
The four parents report that they are having fun looking for traits in the twins. They have discovered that the babies can roll their tongues, as can Mrs Spring and her two children Tyler, five, and Ezri, three, but Tracy cannot.
Mrs Spring said: “I think I get the best of both worlds: I get to be a special part of my friend having babies, I get to cuddle them be the special auntie and all the rest of it, but I get to give them back at the end of the day.”
Pip Morris, from the National Gamete Donation Trust, is urging others women aged 18-35 to come forward.
Ms Morris said: “People who have had children are the ones that can relate to the joy that a family can bring and for them it’s a very simple decision.”
For more details go to www.ngdt.co.uk