A woman and her surrogate fell pregnant within weeks of each other, according to US media reports
Monike Huggins and her husband, Kenneth decided to enlist the help of a surrogate after seven years of trying to have a child via IVF.
The couple was delighted when their surrogate, Anjela Borhman, announced she was expecting twins.
Sadly, one of the twins didn’t make it.
Monike decided to go through one final round of IVF just weeks before and was shocked to discover it was a success.
The couple got married in 2015 and had always wanted to have a child together.
Monike, who has a grown-up son from a previous relationship, said: “I got pregnant not long after our marriage but miscarried at the same time Kenneth was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“It was devastating but we both decided to go ahead and freeze our eggs and sperm.”
The couple, from Houston, tried IVF in the US and Prague but with zero success they began to lose faith.
But then they decided to look at surrogacy
They were placed on a waiting list and were eventually matched with Anjela.
The couple had one male embryo and six female embryos left and decided to implant the male and one of the female embryos.
Monike said: “Sadly, Anjela lost the female during pregnancy, it was another devastating blow, but we were happy that the boy was growing and healthy.
“It was also difficult not being able to see Anjela very often due to being in different states and COVID restrictions.
“As we had five embryos left we decided to do one more round of IVF.
“We went into it without much hope and were so shocked when we found out we were pregnant.
“Kenneth nearly had a heart attack.”
Due to her age, Monike was closely monitored during her pregnancy.
Their son, Kenny was born in May 2021 and their daughter, Hailey was born four months later.
Both are happy and healthy, and Monike and Kenneth are loving life as parents to two newborns.
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