A teenager has undergone IVF immediately after she turned 18, the legal age, so that she could have a baby.
Samara Davies, now 19, has always dreamed of having a baby, but was shocked when doctors told her that she would not be able to have one.
The teenager then decided to become a single mum so she would not entirely lose out of her dreams.
Samara was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 12- a disease that makes it difficult for women to conceive.
After the disease caused her severe pain and left her bed ridden she was advised by her doctors to get a full hysterectomy.
Samara, a part-time receptionist, who always dreamed about enjoying the joy of motherhood was quite desperate to achieve her dream. She managed to receive £5,000 from her family she was able to seek help from a fertility clinic.
After just one round of IVF, she was able to conceive her daughter, Ailani who is currently 7 months old.
According to the stay at home mum, “I suffered with cramps since I was 12-years-old and it got progressively worse to the point I couldn’t get out of bed.
“When I was 16, I collapsed and was rushed into hospital which is when they discovered I have a cyst the size of an orange, but the pains continued even after it was removed.
“The following year, I was bed bound from February until June. I lost a lot of friends as they didn’t understand why I couldn’t hang out with them, I couldn’t even make it to the local shops.
“I managed to sit my GCSEs with special arrangements at school but was unable to continue in higher education as my condition worsened.
“I was told at 17-years-old that I will need a hysterectomy if I want to improve my quality of life and it really hit me.”
She said the reason for her getting an IVF at such a young age was because she had always been a very maternal person even as a kid and always knew that she wanted to be a mother. She was however devastated when she found out that she may never have kids of her own.
“Although the doctors didn’t give me a timescale, I knew a hysterectomy was vital because even after two surgeries, the pain was still there and it was unbearable.
“I didn’t want to jump into a relationship then have a baby with someone I had just met, so IVF and a sperm donor was my only option.
“It was a strange process picking the father of my baby from a list of hair and eye colour, but I just matched the characteristics to mine.
“I always knew I would have a baby one day but I thought perhaps I would have a boyfriend too, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, I couldn’t image my life without Ailani now.”
According to Samara, her pregnancy was a very enjoyable period for her. According to experts, pregnancy reduces the pain associated with endometriosis and in some cases even shrinks it.
Since giving birth, Samara, is now able to work part time due to the fact that they cramps she had always experienced have stopped.
She adds: “It was never an option for me to have a hysterectomy without a baby and my parents were completely behind me.
“When I was bed bound, I was wondering ‘why me?’ but now I am grateful because I have my daughter.
“IVF was really harsh on my body, but it was worth it, I loved being pregnant as the cramps and pain completely stopped.
“I have taken a different route to my other friends who went to college after school but I am a mum now and I don’t plan on missing a second of Alana growing up.
“I went through so much to get her here so I want to enjoy as much time with her as I can before I start working.”