She Agreed To Be A Surrogate For Her BF, But Never Expected This News.
Nicole Barattini thought her dreams of becoming a mother had reached the end of the road when she found out that she couldn't have kids. But thanks to a selfless act committed by her best friend, she would soon receive the greatest surprise of all time.
After getting married in 2010, Kevin and Nicole Barattini settled their roots in Smithton, New York. The couple owned two dogs, and dreamed of adding a baby to complete their family. Nicole decided to go to the doctor to talk to them about conceiving, but her dreams were destroyed when the doctors gave Nicole some horrible news.
The Oncology Institute
Nicole was 16 years old when she noticed small red dots forming on her skin. Soon the dots would cover her entire body. In the beginning, the dots seemed like no big deal, but then her symptoms became worse. She was experiencing fever, fatigue, and her eyes were jaundice. After blood was drawn at the doctors, Nicole received some bad news.
Back To Normal
Nicole was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, called thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura (TTP), which creates blood clots all over her body. It could actually become fatal. Nicole was immediately put admitted to the hospital, where she received plasma transfusions for days. Nicole was also given a medication that would control the disease. Everything was normal after that until she wanted to have a baby.
Not Worth The Risk
Nicole was told by doctors that the medicine she took for the TTP could harm the baby and it would be best if she didn't get pregnant. She was told that if she chose to go off of the medication, the results could be fatal. If TTP is left untreated, there is a 95% chance of dying. Even though they were discouraged, the couple agreed that it wasn't worth the risk. So the couple turned to different alternatives.
What's The Best Route?
At first, the couple thought about adopting a child, but after doing some research, they realized that the legal fees were just too expensive. After that, the couple thought about IVF and surrogacy, but they couldn't be sure that the TTP wouldn't affect that too. Once the doctors told her that she had healthy eggs, and that TTP wasn't genetic, she decided to freeze her eggs for surrogacy. But the road ahead would be a bumpy one.
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