Story in the Sunday People newspaper…
As a first time mum, Ellie Fairfax, 33, is nervously counting the days before her first baby is born.
But the birth of a baby son will be extra emotional – because shortly after she will give him away to her younger sister, Siobhan Terry.
Siobhan, 31, who is married, is already mum to a little girl. But tragically she was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer.
And she was devastated when doctors told her treatment to save her life would leave her infertile – she had been planning to give her daughter a much longed-for sibling.
However, it was then big sister Ellie gave her the greatest gift of all – she offered to have a baby for her.
The little boy – the result of Siobhan’s husband’s sperm – is due in May.
But although he is biologically Ellie’s baby, she is already looking forward to handing him over to Siobhan.
“While I can’t wait to give birth to him, I don’t think of him as my baby,” she says, “and I can’t wait until I put him in Siobhan’s arms.”
Siobhan’s cancer was discovered during a routine smear when her daughter was just one. To save her life she underwent intense radiotherapy which left her without eggs and unable to carry a baby.
Ellie knew how much Siobhan longed to have a sibling for her daughter and so she immediately offered to have a baby for her.
She is single and looking forward to being an aunt to the tot when he is born.
The whole family are thrilled.
Ellie and Siobhan wanted to sell a story to raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of having smear tests. Siobhan had put her routine smear test off – luckily she did go in the end and believes it saved her life.
You can find out more about cervical cancer and why smear tests are important by going to www.jostrust.org.uk.
Ellie says: “We are delighted with the story in the Sunday People and very happy there is a link to Jos Trust cancer charity on the Mirror website.”
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