Becca and Ahmad’s Surrogacy Journey

Warwick, RI (US)
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Created 5 months ago
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Surrogacy

Becca and Ahmad’s Surrogacy Journey

by Laura Dillon

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  • $35,000.00

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  • $14,020.06

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Warwick, RI (US)

Laura Dillon is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Becca and Ahmad Elshanawany.

Campaign Story

Our beautiful sister and brother-in-law, Becca and Ahmad, have always wanted children. They were thrilled when they found out they were pregnant with their first son, our nephew, Zayn. Becca had a normal pregnancy. The normal morning sickness, cravings, of course, but nothing to warn us what would happen on January 16, 2020.

Becca was scheduled to be admitted and induced on January 15th. Two nights before, we all had dinner together. Becca was so excited. She was nervous a little, of course, but the excitement to finally meet her son and start her motherhood journey literally radiated from her. We talked about how amazing it feels to hold your baby for the very first time. They were both so excited.

Like her pregnancy, the start of Becca’s labor was uneventful. Long, but not abnormal for a first child. Things started to turn when Zayn’s heart rate started dropping signaling that he was in distress. Becca was stuck at 7 cm and not progressing and they thought a c-section was in the best interest of Zayn.

During the prep for the c-section, Becca was having difficulties breathing. Thanks to the well-trained and fast-acting doctors at Women and Infants, they were able to identify this as an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE), a very rare birth complication with a very low survival rate for both the mother and the baby. On top of that, she experienced a placenta abruption, which is also a low survival rate. The doctors saved her life, but in doing so had to perform an emergency hysterectomy.

Zayn was absolutely perfect and 100% healthy. Becca, on the other hand, was intubated and transferred to the ICU at RI Hospital. We were told that the best case scenario was that she would be vegetative state for the rest of her life. The embolism typically shoots right to the brain or to the heart, and it was already a miracle that she didn’t die on the spot. This was supposed to be the happiest day of Becca and Ahmad’s life; instead of holding onto her baby, she was holding on for her life.

Against literally all odds, Becca fought her way back from the brink of death within hours. When she was extubated, the ICU nurses cried along side all of us. It was nothing short of a miracle that we witnessed that day.

Becca lived. And that’s the most important thing. She lived for her son and husband. However, she lived not without complications. Upon waking up, we discovered that she had suffered a stroke that affected her entire right side. If you saw her today, you would have no idea; she has worked so hard in PT for a year to gain as much control and feeling back as possible. However, there is permanent damage that she will have to live with forever.

And, of course, the life-saving hysterectomy has left Becca and Ahmad unable to carry children again. They are unable to fulfill their dream of having more children in the traditional way.

But, if you know Becca, you know that nothing will stand in the way of her dreams. She and Ahmad have started a gestational surrogacy journey. This means, that they will have a child that is 100% biologically theirs, but is carried by another woman.

This journey is an expensive one. The average surrogacy upwards of $100,000. For a traditional pregnancy, most of these costs are covered by insurance, but Becca and Ahmad have to pay for it out of pocket, as surrogacy is not covered by insurance. Becca and Ahmad want more children so badly and went into this journey knowing this and prepared to do so through refinancing their home, etc. They would never think of asking anyone to help them financially. But, we are asking on their behalf.

Becca, Ahmad, and Zayn have been through so much and still remain such selfless and humble people. They have such big hearts. They have turned their story into a positive one, sponsoring blood drives in honor of AFE survivors and raising money and awareness for the AFE Foundation. They are the first people you can turn to if you need help or advice, without judgement or reservation.

We are asking you to consider making a donation to help fund their surrogacy journey. Nothing is too little and 100% will go straight towards helping them fulfill their dreams of bringing another baby into their world.

With so much gratitude and love,
Laura and Olivia

Name Donation Date
Marie Holland $20.00 May 07, 2022
Bethany Wilcox $25.00 May 06, 2022
Anonymous $10.00 April 05, 2022
Anonymous $500.00 April 04, 2022
Tarin Fallon $100.00 April 02, 2022
Desiree Medeiros $100.00 April 02, 2022
Tori Sousa $40.00 April 02, 2022
Amanda & Karo Gurulyan $100.00 April 02, 2022
Sheila Dillon $1,000.00 April 02, 2022
Chris Lonegan $100.00 April 02, 2022
Deborah DiChiara $25.00 April 01, 2022
Douglas Johnston $434.00 April 01, 2022
Coua Lee $100.00 April 01, 2022
Valerie Palazzo $250.00 April 01, 2022
Bruce Humphrey $50.00 April 01, 2022
Madeline Poirier $100.00 April 01, 2022
Cailyn Fortin $50.00 April 01, 2022
Megan Angiolilli $25.00 April 01, 2022
Jolie LyFoung $25.00 April 01, 2022
Heather Shimensky $50.00 April 01, 2022
Lisa Letourneau $50.00 April 01, 2022
Kristen Franklin $50.00 April 01, 2022
Anonymous $20.00 April 01, 2022
Marissa Vezina $50.00 April 01, 2022
Omar Sharif $250.00 March 10, 2022
Tara Bronzo $50.00 February 21, 2022
Claire Costello $50.00 February 20, 2022
Maria Cidade $100.00 February 13, 2022
CARMEN PIERCE $400.00 February 13, 2022
Sally Miranda $200.00 February 12, 2022
Molly Miranda $20.00 February 11, 2022
Olivia and Cameron Diiorio $250.00 February 06, 2022
Anonymous $100.00 February 04, 2022
Kayla McGowan $100.00 February 04, 2022
Laura Dillon $500.00 January 28, 2022
Beth Tidswell $25.00 January 27, 2022
Taylor Kershaw $100.00 January 27, 2022
Meredith Shanley $50.00 January 27, 2022
Lisa Lasorsa $50.00 January 26, 2022
Kevin Block $50.00 January 25, 2022
Marilyn Pascarella $100.00 January 25, 2022
Brooke Hanna $100.00 January 25, 2022
Anonymous $50.00 January 24, 2022
Ann Marie Zampa $50.00 January 24, 2022
Thonas Dillon $100.00 January 24, 2022
Kyle and Cara Brennan $50.00 January 23, 2022
Jeff Kelly $100.00 January 23, 2022
Kaio & Amanda Goncalves $100.00 January 23, 2022
Anonymous $15.00 January 23, 2022
Anonymous $1,500.00 January 23, 2022
Krysta Jensen $50.00 January 23, 2022
Anonymous $50.00 January 22, 2022
Tricia Jacques $1,000.00 January 22, 2022
Stefanie Hernandez $50.00 January 22, 2022
Danielle St.Pierre $25.00 January 22, 2022
H T $50.00 January 22, 2022
Jean Dillon $100.00 January 22, 2022
Charles Mingrone $500.00 January 21, 2022
Anonymous $10.00 January 21, 2022
Steve Ramos $50.00 January 21, 2022
Ross & Kirstin Silvia $100.00 January 21, 2022
Rick Dasilva $100.00 January 21, 2022
Adam and Gillian Elshanawany $300.00 January 21, 2022
Angela & Mario Cidade $250.00 January 21, 2022
Anonymous $50.00 January 21, 2022
Anonymous $100.00 January 21, 2022
Layi Oduyingbo $300.00 January 21, 2022
Samantha Douglas $50.00 January 21, 2022
Sophia DeLuca $50.00 January 21, 2022
Anonymous $501.06 January 21, 2022
Stephanie Morse $100.00 January 21, 2022
Zach Littman $100.00 January 20, 2022
Laura Hanley $100.00 January 20, 2022
Anthony Zampa $200.00 January 20, 2022
Renee Clancy $50.00 January 20, 2022
Pat Rizzi $100.00 January 20, 2022
Amanda Gauvin $20.00 January 20, 2022
Ashley + Keith Perry $500.00 January 20, 2022
Sandra Hulsman $25.00 January 20, 2022
Donna McGinn $100.00 January 20, 2022
Anonymous $20.00 January 20, 2022
Steph Murphy $100.00 January 20, 2022
Rebecca Pacheco $50.00 January 20, 2022
Jessica MacAndrew $100.00 January 20, 2022
Anonymous $20.00 January 20, 2022
Alyssa Cidade $200.00 January 20, 2022
Jo-Ann & Tony Centore $50.00 January 20, 2022
Anonymous $100.00 January 20, 2022
Kristine Roche $50.00 January 20, 2022
Lisa Silva $50.00 January 20, 2022
Kimberly Pierce $100.00 January 19, 2022
Shelby Perry $25.00 January 19, 2022
Kristina Centore $100.00 January 19, 2022
Brittany Voccio $20.00 January 19, 2022
Briana Looney $100.00 January 19, 2022
Mark Medeiros $100.00 January 19, 2022
Kathleen Danilowicz $50.00 January 19, 2022
Amy Galligan $50.00 January 19, 2022
Anonymous $20.00 January 19, 2022
Tori Sousa commented with a $40 donation about 3 months ago
Good luck on your journey 🤍
Amanda & Karo Gurulyan commented with a $100 donation about 3 months ago
Wishing you both the best on this journey! ❤️
Sheila Dillon commented with a $1000 donation about 3 months ago
Love, Mom & Dad
Deborah DiChiara commented with a $25 donation about 3 months ago
Best of luck to you both.
Coua Lee commented with a $100 donation about 3 months ago
Praying that this journey will go smoothly, we love and miss you guys. -Chris,Coua,& Cassius
Cailyn Fortin commented with a $50 donation about 3 months ago
Wishing you so much luck and love! Sending all the good vibes to your little growing family ♥️
Jolie LyFoung commented with a $25 donation about 3 months ago
Sending you both well wishes. I’ve met Ahmad years ago through my cousin Chris. Hoping for another miracle!
Sally Miranda commented with a $200 donation about 5 months ago
Sending prayers.
Laura Dillon commented with a $500 donation about 5 months ago
We love you guys so much!!
Beth Tidswell commented with a $25 donation about 5 months ago
With love and kindness.
Anonymous commented with a $1500 donation about 5 months ago
Thanks for all you have done for us
Anonymous commented with a $50 donation about 5 months ago
Praying for you guys! Love you!
Tricia Jacques commented with a $1000 donation about 5 months ago
Love you Becca, Ahmad and Zayn ox
Stefanie Hernandez commented with a $50 donation about 5 months ago
Praying for you guys! ♥️🙏🏻
Samantha Douglas commented with a $50 donation about 5 months ago
Heartfelt prayer to you and your family, Becca! What’s meant for you, will not pass you ❤️
Anonymous commented with a $501.06 donation about 5 months ago
Prayers, Love and Hugs!
Stephanie Morse commented with a $100 donation about 5 months ago
❤️💕❤️
Laura Hanley commented with a $100 donation about 5 months ago
Love you Becca, Ahmad, & Zayn! -Laura & Raph
Renee Clancy commented with a $50 donation about 5 months ago
We love you and can’t wait to meet a new little one! Xo - Renee Clancy & family
Pat Rizzi commented with a $100 donation about 5 months ago
Becca & Ahmad
Amanda Gauvin commented with a $20 donation about 5 months ago
God bless you and your family!
Alyssa Cidade commented with a $200 donation about 5 months ago
Becca, Ahmad and Zayn - we are here for you every step of the way and know you will finish on top with everything you deserve♥️ Love, Alyssa Joe and Gabriel
Briana Looney commented with a $100 donation about 5 months ago
Wishing you and family all the best, Becca!