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Lottery-winning single woman uses win to fund IVF

A woman who won the lottery has given birth to a daughter after spending some of her winnings on IVF treatment

Nurse, Rebecca Brown used some of her share of a £1 million lottery win with her family to fund her treatment after being told she was running out of time to have a child.

The 40-year-old had a smear test in February 2018 that revealed she had abnormal cells that turned out to be pre-cancerous cells.

Her doctor said if she wanted a baby to have one ‘sooner rather than later’.

Rebecca said her daughter Ethel, who was born in January 2020 at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, was ‘worth every penny’ of the £12,000 she spent on IVF treatment.

She told PA News Agency: “She’s irreplaceable and worth every penny and more.”

Rebecca said since going through IVF treatment using sperm donation, she had joined fertility charity, Fertility Network UK to help other prospective mothers on a similar journey.

She said: “We’re hopefully trying to break down the taboo of the subject so it does become more widely talked about.

“I really hope by chatting about my story others will find hope with their journey.

“The more people talk about IVF, the less stigma will be attached to it and we can talk freely about it and help each other.”

Asked about how Ethel and she had coped during COVID-19 she said her daughter is quite scared of people.

She said, “We’ve not really been seeing people, we’ve stayed to our little bubble. It’s got to the point where Ethel is petrified of other people because she hasn’t met anyone.”

But she added that the family was looking forward to their first Christmas together with Ethel

Rebecca said, “I do want Ethel to stay grounded, but I think, like every new parent, you get a bit excited for their first Christmas.

“There was a special buy at Aldi, and it was a remote control ride-on Audi TT so yes, she’s got one.”

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