MOTHER-of-two Angela Chand-Corey had already discovered the joy children can bring when she decided to bestow that treasured gift on childless couples who could only dream of one day holding a newborn of their own.
Even though beauty therapist Angela, from Quinton, had been sterilised, she has twice donated her eggs at Birmingham Women’s Hospital to help desperate couples with IVF.
She provided eggs for free on the NHS and today urged others to do the same for the Give Hope, Give Life campaign.
One in six couples have problems conceiving and there are 200 women in Birmingham alone who need an egg donor to start a family – but the waiting list is as long as two and a half years.
Last year, the Women’s Hospital in Edgbaston had only three fertile women come in voluntarily to donate eggs.
“I had no problem having children so it was something I wanted to do and my husband backed me up,” said Angela, aged 33.
Angela, who has a son Billy, seven, and daughter Tia, 11, had injections every day for a month to enhance egg production before going under anaesthetic for a simple procedure to collect eggs from her womb.
“It wasn’t a big thing for me, less than a month of my life, but for the couple it’s a massive opportunity that lasts a lifetime,”she said.
The National Gamete Donation Trust is working with the hospital’s assisted conception unit, which makes baby dreams come true for people like Lisa, aged 42, from Worcestershire, who did not want to be named and was able to have twins thanks to an egg donor.
“When I found out I wasn’t producing my own eggs it was the biggest bereavement of my life,” said Lisa, whose twin son and daughter are now three.
“Egg donors give people like me and my husband hope. Our children couldn’t be more loved and wanted and every day I thank that donor.”
Jackson Kirkman-Brown, from the hospital’s assisted conception unit, said: “Birmingham is known for its generous people and I believe there are women out there who want to help others by donating their eggs.”
* For information on how to become an egg donor visit www.ngdt.co.uk or call 0121 623 6600.