After a decade of trying, beauty therapist Nicola Ede was surprised with twins
Beauty therapist Nicola Ede, 35, and husband Matt, 34, fell in love at 15 and planned the perfect life together with a house, three kids and a dog.
They married in 2006 and tried for a baby but their dream was shattered when Mrs Ede was diagnosed with endometriosis and told she could be infertile.
Incredibly, after a decade of trying, she has finally become a mother to healthy twins after a stranger contacted her on Facebook and offered to be their surrogate.
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It didn't feel real. My husband was sobbing like a blubbering mess and I was just in shock.
Five months later the surrogate 'Claire' had two embryos implanted and has now given birth to twins Savannah and Felix Ede via C-section.
Mrs Ede, of Bookham, Surrey, said: "We were really nervous because it's not something you do every day, but the surrogate was amazing.
"She made the whole journey an incredible experience for us. We were together all the time and she made me feel like I was pregnant.
Mrs Ede and husband Matt met their surrogate Claire on Facebook
She added: "I had imagined waiting years to find a surrogate so I feel like Claire was sent to us, and having the twins is beyond what I ever imagined.
"We both find ourselves just staring at them. We can't quite believe that they are ours. They are so precious. We've got our dream."
Mr and Mrs Ede set up The Ede Family Surrogacy and IVF Fund in May 2015 and after just three months Claire messaged them and agreed to have two embryos implanted.
Felix and Savannah Ede were born in October last year by C-section
The twins were born on October 27, with Felix appearing at 11.36am weighing 6lbs 3oz and Savannah a minute later weighing 5lbs 11oz.
Throughout the operation, Nicola and Matt held Claire's hands and the moment the babies were born they were handed over.
Mrs Ede said: "It was incredible. It didn't feel real. My husband was sobbing like a blubbering mess and I was just in shock. The next day I couldn't stop crying."
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Surrogate 'Claire' said that she saw the couple's situation and had to help out
Ex-Sainsbury's worker Claire, who has a 10-year-old son and four-year-old twin boys, couldn't stop thinking about the couple after reading their story.
The married 32-year-old – who does not wish to reveal her full name – said: "I eventually had to reach out to them and make it known that I would be willing to help them.
"It is a lot of responsibility and pressure to carry someone else's children – it has the same hormones, worries and emotions as every other pregnancy plus more on top.
"But I am so proud of what we all did. I was able to be there when they saw their babies for the very first time. That moment was what it was all for."
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