Faith Haugh, an Australian woman has set a world record by donating her eggs to help couples struggle with infertility. Faith Haugh donated her eggs to help create 19 children.
Haugh has been through a staggering 41 donor cycles, where she given hormones to boost her eggs production.
AdvertisementHer quest to help childless couples has even led her to travel as far as India to help a couple.
And while there are side effects, some life threatening, the 41-year-old from Melbourne claims she hasn't had any ill effects ever since she started donating her eggs 17 years ago after seeing an advert in the paper, reports the Daily Mail.
The advert was placed by an anonymous infertile couple who went on to have twin girls after Faith donated her eggs at an IVF clinic.
She went on to donate to a further three unidentified couples through a local hospital, which produced three boys and one girl.
Haugh has also helped to create another 13 children for couples she has met through classified adverts and online infertility groups.
It is thought she has set the record for the most donor children in the world, topping egg donors from her native Australia, the US and UK.
The last record of egg donations from a single donor is reportedly just 11.
"I was looking in the paper for a second job when I saw this huge advert for an egg donor. I didn't know anything about egg donation but I knew I was fertile so offered to help," she said.
Haugh, who is married to Glenn, a butcher, has a daughter, Ashlyn, 22, from a previous relationship and is a grandmother to two-year-old Charlotte.
Glenn, 46, also donates his sperm and is the biological father of four children.
"I have never ever found it emotionally difficult to donate my eggs. I am simply passing on a cell by donating my eggs in the hope that they go on to form embryos and end up as a viable pregnancy," said Haugh, who works in customer services.
Her act of kindness is made even more remarkable by the fact that it is illegal for egg donors in Australia to receive payment - although they can be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses.
Haugh also keeps in touch with the proud new parents and has given permission for the children to meet her when they reach 18.