KIND-hearted Amy Bellamy stepped in to rescue her cousin Jane Kassim’s dream of becoming a mum - 15 years after doctors said it would never happen.
Jane, from Rotherham, was aged 15 when doctors gave her the heartbreaking news she would never give birth because she had been born without a womb.
But now mum-of-one Amy, 26, has volunteered to act as a surrogate for Jane - and in six weeks’ time she will deliver twin girls.
Jane, aged 30, and husband Adis, are looking forward to welcoming new daughters at the end of next month after Amy had one of Jane’s fertilised eggs implanted in her womb.
Delighted Jane is with Amy, from Rawmarsh, Rotherham, every step of the way, going with her on hospital visits and keeping as close as possible to her precious double bundle.
Council worker Jane said: “It’s impossible to put unto words how grateful we are - Amy deserves some kind of medal.”
Amy, who has a four-year-old son, said: “It was just something I knew I had to do.”
It was third time lucky for Jane after two previous attempts to implant her fertilised embryo failed and there was even more exciting news when she found out that she was expecting identical twin girls.
Childhood sweethearts Jane and Adis had begun the possibility or private surrogacy when they Amy volunteered to help them.
Jane said: “We had found out that private surrogacy would cost about £20,000. Amy was aware of my situation but when she found out that I was already going for IVF and looking for a surrogate she said ‘I’ll do it, I’ll volunteer’.
“Apparently it is something that she has always wanted to do. I said ‘You can’t do that for me - that’s ridiculous’. But she insisted she wanted to talk to me about it and from then on she has been 100 per cent as good as her word.
“She said she wanted me to have what she has, as she has a little boy. Amy doesn’t seem to realise how big a thing it is for us. We are all prepared with the nursery ready and waiting and just can’t wait to get on with it now.”
Amy, who lost her father to cancer in December, said: “For me it wasn’t an option to say no. My auntie told me about what they hoped to do so I stepped forward and said I would do it. Jane was quite taken aback really and asked if I was sure. It took Jane and Adis a month to decide because they were not sure if they wanted it to be someone so close to home. It was just something I thought I had to do. I suppose it’s how I’ve been brought up - If I can help I will.”
Amy, whose son is called Archie, added: “I thought if I could help them sample the joy of what I’ve had with my son then that was what I wanted to do. Stephen has been really supportive.”