One mum has hit headlines after donating her eggs to a complete stranger.
28-year-old Amber Wilde saw an emotional video posted by fellow mum Jules Furness on Facebook.
Jules shared her disappointment at going through a second failed IVF attempt with husband Steven. As a fellow vlogger for Channel Mums, Amber felt a kinship with Jules as she had had four children with the help of a single sperm donor.
Ignoring the modern rules of not talking to stranger, Amber messaged Jules on Facebook, offering to donate her eggs.
“This might be wildly inappropriate and please accept my apologies if so, but if altruistic egg donation would make IVF more affordable to you and you’re not horrified by my weirdo genetics, I’d donate in a heartbeat,” she wrote.
At first, Jules thought the message was too good to be true. “It was just an incredible thing for someone to offer. We wondered if it was really real, because it was just such a fairytale,” she told SWNS.
A year after the initial message, Amber’s eggs have been artificially combined with Steven’s sperm at a clinic, resulting in two healthy embryos. At least one will be transferred to Jules in January.
“It’s hard to sum up but we are just so grateful she has given us the chance of another child – and our son the chance of a brother or sister,” added Jules.
Amber said she couldn’t resist the chance to help, commenting: “I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who wished they could help or do something to make it better. I had done IVF before and while I knew it wasn’t easy, I know what to expect, know my body reacts well to it, and it seemed like the natural thing to do.”
Jules was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure in her teens. The condition means her ovaries don’t release eggs so she always knew she wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally.
In 2010, Jules and Steven were accepted onto the NHS donor egg list. A donor gave two eggs in 2012 but the IVF attempt failed. The couple then decided to adopt a baby boy.
A year ago, they wanted to make their family bigger so went to Prague to try IVF once again as they were no longer eligible for NHS-funded treatment. Two eggs failed once again, leading to the emotional video.
Amber, who has twin girls and twin boys with partner Kirsty, joked: “It will be up to Jules of course but in my head I only produce twins so I’m sort of wishing twins on her.”
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