Kind mother’s pre­cious gift of new life

ONLY HOPE: Twins are born af­ter woman do­nates eggs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.”

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