Surfing for surrogates

John Stock | The Week | 7 October 2009

A couple desperately seek a surrogate mother to have a child.

Nikki and Bobby Bains have tried everything to have a child. They have undergone five expensive in vitro fertilisation treatments, had their home exorcised of evil spirits, eaten cloves, been visited by blind babajis, sprinkled Chinese lemon-grass oil around their house, sought the advice of astrologers, and converted to vegetarianism. All attempts, so far, have been futile. After years of heartache, the Sikh couple, who live in Ilford, near London, are now looking for a surrogate mother in India to help them have the child they so desperately want, preferably using Nikki’s eggs and Bobby’s sperm, or, if that fails, using donated eggs.

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