WE SPENT R650 000 TO HAVE OUR BABY
Sabelo and Sbusiso Makhanya, a gay Zulu couple, have revealed that they spent R650 000 to have a baby through surrogacy.
“I knew that I couldn’t give him children. It was biologically impossible. I even proposed that he marry somebody else [a woman] who would bear him children, but he refused,” Sabelo told Sunday World.
When they’d explored all their options, Sabelo suggested they get a divorce as he was not able to give him children but Sbusiso refused saying that he was “the love of his life”.
They then heard of the surrogacy option and started doing their research and even flew to the UK for more research.
“Everything, including the attorneys, the doctors, the Lancet Laboratory, flights and so forth. Our overall cost was R650000.” The egg was from a clinic called Egg to Mum.
The couple both gave sperm samples and asked the experts to keep the successful sperm donor anonymous. “We didn’t want the other to feel it’s one’s kid over the other. We are both her parents,” Sabelo says.
Their best friend gave birth to their daughter at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital’s private ward in Johannesburg on December 4 2015.
Sabelo and Sbusiso are now the proud fathers of their beautiful two-year-old daughter, Ndalo. “She’s literally the best thing that’s ever happened to us,” Sbusiso says.
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