A British woman who was born without a uterus and told by doctors she would never give birth now has a baby son, thanks to a little help from her big sister.
It goes without saying that when Susan Hughes, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, was told the tragic news, she was obviously devastated. Susan was told the news when she was 16 and her older sister, Sarah Wheeler, promised to do “everything in her power” to ensure her baby sister became a mother.
And Sarah held true to that promise she made all those years ago. Just over a year ago, she gave birth to Dougie, who she called her nephew, as Susan was the first person to hold him and was to be his mother.
As the proud new mother told reporters, “Big sisters are supposed to look after their younger siblings, but mine went above and beyond. She made all my dreams come true and is the best aunty in the world to Dougie.”
With that being said, Sarah, who already has three children of her own, shared, “I said I would carry Susan’s baby straight away, without even speaking to my husband, it was always at the back of my mind and I knew eventually the time would come. I always keep my promises, I had no intention of ever breaking it. It wasn’t hard handing him over after the birth, I never thought of Dougie as mine, I was just the oven. We have a special aunty nephew bond though.”
When finding out as a teen that she had the Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser syndrome, Susan felt understandably crushed.
“It was devastating. I’d always dreamed of being a mother and carrying my own child. To be told that I’d never be able to have children naturally was shattering,” she said.
In recalling that fateful day when she received the news all those years ago, Susan spoke about the ray of hope her sister gave her.
“She took my hand and made a pact with me. She told me that when they day came and, I wanted children, she would carry them for me.”
After falling pregnant following a couple of attempts, Susan got the good news from her sis.
“Sarah called me and told me I was going to be a mum. I burst into tears. It was the best moment of my life.”