Couple welcome Christmas miracle IVF baby after Facebook group secretly raises money to pay for treatment
Marisha Chaplin and Jon Hibbs could not afford a second IVF, so a group of social media mothers secretly raised £2,000 for the couple, despite being only virtually acquainted
A couple celebrated a Christmas miracle baby after a group of Facebook mothers secretly raised £2,000 for their IVF treatment.
Twenty-six-year-old Marisha Chaplin and 29-year-old Jon Hibbs, who met while undergoing cancer treatment, had already had a daughter through IVF but could not afford a second round. So a group of social media mothers secretly raised £2,000 for the couple, despite being only virtually acquainted.
The new mother-of-two, from Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire, gave birth to Isla on Saturday via Caesarean section. She immediately broke the news to members of the Facebook group as soon as she could.
"I messaged them on the Saturday morning when I was still pretty much out of it from all the drugs I had from the operation," Chaplin told BBC. "It's amazing, it really is. It's better than we ever imagined and we didn't think we would ever get to this point," she said and expressed how grateful they were to all those who donated. She shared that her elder daughter, Evie, now two-and-a-half, was "absolutely in love with her little sister."
The couple met as teenagers in 2007 when Chaplin was undergoing cancer treatment and Hibbs came in for a check-up. She was told that she would have fertility problems because of the procedure so they started trying for a baby when she was 16. "I was told by the time I was 23 my ovaries would give up," she told the outlet. "At 16 my gynecologist said 'You need to try for children sooner rather than later if you want them'."
The couple opted for IVF using donor eggs when Chaplin was 23 and had Evie in 2016. She then joined the Facebook group, called May Babies 2016, which was for other mothers who had given birth at the same time. After raising £2,000 last July, members created a video to surprise the couple and played it to them via Facebook Live. Chaplin was seen crying even before being told they had raised the money.