Australians Jaime Jenkins and Jakob Lang were well-matched, it seemed – not least because the pair both measure up at nearly six feet tall. They were devoted to each other, too, and keen to start a family together. However, the couple’s delight when Jenkins fell pregnant was overshadowed by the news they received after the baby’s 12-week scan. And the decision they were left to make would become life-changing.
Jenkins and Lang had first got together back in 2010, when they were both working at a branch of KFC in Sydney, Australia. And after being together for 13 months, they had had plans to get married. Due to the pair’s grueling schedules, however, the relationship faltered; and they would subsequently split up and begin new lives apart. But the exes were eventually drawn back together, united by the memories they had created as each other’s first loves. This was despite the fact that Jenkins was, as she would learn from doctors, unable to have children.
So, as a result, Jenkins and Lang had taken the decision to save up money to pay for IVF treatment. But, as it happened, fate was to intervene in the hopeful pair’s lives. One day, Jenkins would bound into Lang’s arms with a huge smile on her face: she was expecting a child, despite all the odds. Not believing their luck, they excitedly went to the doctors for a scan at about six weeks into the pregnancy. It revealed what Lang would later describe as “one healthy happy little bean.”