Becoming a mom is something that some women dream about for their whole lives. However, doctors had informed this woman that she had almost no chance of becoming pregnant. And she had indeed found it impossible, even with the fertility treatments available in modern medicine. But then one night her sister called her with a possible solution.
Aimee Morrisby and her husband Jake had given up on the idea of ever having children. After all, the couple, who hail from Toowoomba, Australia, had tried every possible method to conceive, but to no avail. So, with the idea of having kids seemingly unlikely, they adjusted to a childless life.
Sadly, Aimeehad learned that she would struggle to conceive. Indeed, doctors had diagnosed her with Hirschsprung’s disease. This condition affects the colon and causes blockages in the intestine. These blockages, moreover, can cause scarring of the surrounding areas, affecting their function.
However, the damage caused by her condition only became apparent after Aimee was admitted to hospital in her early 20s. She was suffering from severe abdominal pain at the time, and doctors eventually found heavy scarring in her uterus. Unfortunately, the outlook was not promising.
Aimee told the Daily Mail, “I was only 21 when I went into hospital with some pain. That’s when I realized I had a lot of scarring in my reproductive area.” Therefore, doctors were concerned that it may affect her ability to conceive, and they warned her that if she wanted children, she should probably do it sooner rather than later.
“The doctor said if I was at a happy time in my life, I should get cracking having a baby,” Aimee told the Daily Mail. Knowing that she would struggle to conceive naturally, the couple began IVF treatment. Eight rounds of it, in fact. However, they had been painful treatments, sometimes ending in heartbreak.
Still, of Aimee’s eight courses of IVF, four had been successful. However, all would result in miscarriages. As a result, she began to learn the full damage caused by her condition. Yes, endless surgeries carried out to treat the Hirschsprung’s disease had resulted in a ravaged uterus.
“I got to nine weeks with twins and I lost both of those. That’s when it all stopped,” Aimee told the Daily Mail. “[My bowel surgeon] handed me a picture of what was supposed to be my uterus. It was a big ball of scar tissue.”
A follow-up meeting with her IVF doctor would also spell devastating news for Aimee. “I went back to my IVF specialist and he said to me, ‘You’re not going to get pregnant.’” Aimee had been trying for a baby since she was 21. Now 26, she was being forced to accept that it wasn’t going to happen.
Aimee said, “At this point me and Jake had properly given up having children.” But then the phone rang. And this one late-night call would turn into an offer that would change their lives forever.
One night, completely out of the blue, the phone rang at 10:00 p.m. On the end of the line? Aimee’s sister, Shayna. Apparently, Shayna had an idea that might solve Aimee and Jake’s problem. The solution was proposed with four small but mighty words: “Let’s have a baby.”
Aimee was stunned. Shayna told The Sun, “We had talked about Aimee needing a surrogate and I always had it in the back of my mind.” And now, here she was, selflessly volunteering to be surrogate for her big sister. Needless to say, it was a huge moment for all involved.
“My husband Aaron and I already have two children; McKenzie who’s four and Fletcher, two. I knew how great it was to be a mom and I though Aimee deserved to experience that, too,” Shayna said. Aimee, however, had reservations and was a little more hesitant.
“I was in complete shock,” Aimee told The Sun. “I wanted to know that Shayna was sure she was making the right decision. Even if she was going to be my surrogate she would always be my little sister and I felt very protective over her.” But, with the support of her husband, Shayna said that she was, indeed, willing.
“Aaron has been so supportive,” Shayna told The Sun. “We could both see how much Aimee and Jake wanted a child and how much it was hurting them that they couldn’t.” And so with Aimee’s eggs harvested from a previous attempt to conceive, this time it would be Shayna going through IVF.
What’s more, Aimee immediately quit her job in order to be closer to her sister. In fact, it was this kind of support that would prove invaluable through a difficult time ahead. After all, their first attempt at IVF resulted in a miscarriage. But on the second attempt, the IVF was successful. Yes, Shayna was finally pregnant.
“Jake and I didn’t believe it was happening until we heard a heartbeat,” Aimee told The Sun. “We had never heard one before and that was the day it became real.” Shayna said, “Throughout the pregnancy Aimee and I spoke every day. She came to every appointment and helped to look after my children when I was sick.”
Not only was Aimee there throughout the pregnancy, but she was also present for the birth. “The pregnancy was amazing and watching Shayna give birth was extremely emotional and very exciting. Not only was I watching my sister give birth but I was watching someone bring my baby into the world,” Aimee said.
“There were two totally different emotions,” Aimee told the Daily Mail. “When Francesca came out of the water and my husband cut the cord I couldn’t move. I could not believe what she had just done.” It was a unique situation that brought the two sisters closer together and gave Shayna a special bond with the niece she had given birth to.
At the end of it all, Aimee realized she could never have given birth herself and remains indebted to her brave sister. She said, “Taking Francesca home was a surreal experience. We couldn’t believe that after everything we had been through we finally had a little girl and we can’t thank Shayna enough for giving us this amazing gift.”