By Lucy Notarantonio
A determined teenager has thanked a sperm donor for her dream baby after undergoing IVF.
Samara Davies, 19, took the decision to become a single parent last year after she began her IVF journey just one day after her 18th birthday last January.
Samara – who was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2017 – was advised to have a full hysterectomy by doctors after the condition left her bed bound and suffering from painful cramps.
Part-time receptionist, Samara, was desperate to become a mum and after receiving the £5,000 funds from her family, she was able to seek help from a fertility clinic.
And after just one round, she was over the moon when her two-week scan revealed she was pregnant with Ailani, now seven-months-old.
The full time mum, Portsmouth, Hampshire, said: “I suffered with cramps since I was 12-years-old and it got progressively worse to the point I couldn’t get out of bed.
“When I was 16, I collapsed and was rushed into hospital which is when they discovered I have a cyst the size of an orange, but the pains continued even after it was removed.
“The following year, I was bed bound from February until June  I lost a lot of friends as they didn’t understand why I couldn’t hang out with them, I couldn’t even make it to the local shops.
“I managed to sit my GCSE’s with special arrangements at school but was unable to continue in higher education as my condition worsened.
“I was told at 17-years-old that I will need a hysterectomy if I want to improve my quality of life and it really hit me.
“I have always been maternal since a kid when I used to play with dolls, I knew I wanted to be a mum so finding out I might not be able to have children was heart-breaking.
“Although the doctors didn’t give me a timescale, I knew a hysterectomy was vital because even after two surgeries, the pain was still there and it was unbearable.
“I didn’t want to jump into a relationship then have a baby with someone I had just met, so IVF and a sperm donor was my only option.
“It was a strange process picking the father of my baby from a list of hair and eye colour, but I just matched the characterises to mine.
“I always knew I would have a baby one day but I thought perhaps I would have a boyfriend too, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, I couldn’t image my life without Ailani now”
Samara felt the best she had in years whilst pregnant as pregnancy is known to reduce the pain and, in some cases, shrink endometriosis.
Since giving birth, Samara is now able to work part-time as the severe cramps have not returned.
She adds: “It was never an option for me to have a hysterectomy without a baby and my parents were completely behind me.
“When I was bed bound, I was wondering ‘why me?’ but now I am grateful because I have my daughter.
“IVF was really harsh on my body, but it was worth it, I loved being pregnant as the cramps and pain completely stopped.
“I have taken a different route to my other friends who went to college after school but I am a mum now and I don’t plan on missing a second of Alana growing up.
“I went through so much to get her here so I want to enjoy as much time with her as I can before I start working.”