Claire Smith, who has multiple sclerosis, was told she could not have kids again after complications
A grieving woman who lost her five-year-old daughter has become a mum again after her twin sister acted as a surrogate.
Emma Elliot-Smith, from Egham, gave birth to a baby boy as a surrogate for her sister Claire Smith at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey.
Claire, who has multiple sclerosis, had been told by doctors she should not have any more children after complications when her daughter Lucy was born in 2010.
She and husband John, 51, were left childless after Lucy died aged five from a heart condition caused by swine flu.
But they are now enjoying life with baby son Andrew after Claire’s twin sister Emma Elliot-Smith offered to be a surrogate.
Claire told: “We were talking about Emma being a surrogate for about a year before Lucy passed.
“We’re 40 this year, and we knew if we were going to do it, it had to be soon.
“Emma has two children and was really upset we’d lost one and couldn’t have another.
“Everyone thought it was so lovely that she helped out, it all went really smoothly… she was absolutely brilliant.
“We felt really bad for all the pain we put her through, but she’s really happy that she could help us in that way.”
Claire, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was warned against having any more children when she fell pregnant with Lucy.
She and John, of Sidcup, Kent, were devastated when their daughter died of myocarditis – an inflamed heart – aged five.
Claire said: “She came home from school one day with a cold and that was it, it was so sudden.
“They wouldn’t have been able to do anything about it even if it had been discovered sooner, we only found out why she had died when they did the post mortem.”
The couple have been given a second chance at parenthood thanks to Emma’s kind offer.
She was supported throughout the pregnancy by husband Dave, 45, and their children Laura, four and James, two.
Emma, of Egham, Surrey, gave birth to healthy 7lb 6oz baby, Andrew on New Year’s Day.
She said: “Dave was amazing – he was 110 per cent supportive. He knew I’d do anything for my sister.
“My friends said that not many husbands would be happy to do this but he’s been amazing.
“I didn’t have any reservations at all, but I think I’m done with giving birth now.
“After the pain this time, I wouldn’t want to do it again.”