When Melbourne office worker Faith Haugh, 41, exceeded Australia’s legal cap for individuals to donate their eggs, she went overseas to fulfil a desire to help infertile couples achieve parenthood.
Melbourne office worker Faith Haugh, 41, exceeded Australia’s legal cap for
individuals to donate their eggs,
she went overseas to fulfil a desire to help infertile couples achieve
parenthood. The laws are aimed at preventing unintentional inbreeding among
donor children. Ms Haugh is believed to hold the world record for the largest
number of children conceived through egg donation, a “hobby” she started 18
years ago through an anonymous donation.
procedure can be uncomfortable, requiring weeks of hormone tablets and
injections. Her donor brood, aged between two and 17, is likely to continue
growing. After she reached the 10-family donation cap in Australia, she
travelled to Mumbai to donate to an infertile couple there, and said other
couples were seeking her eggs.
“Some people will say that’s quite egotistical of you,
but I don’t look at it as a feather in my cap or a reflection on the kind of
person I am,” Ms Haugh said. “I think about the people who have these problems
and it’s emotionally crippling. They’d give their soul just to become parents,
so why wouldn’t you help? I never set out to set a record.” ~ Herald Sun, Jun
Melbourne egg donation hobbyist may hold world record
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