Best friend offers to be a surrogate, but mother dies before baby is born

Garth and Bec Arena desperately wanted to be parents. 

But unfortunately, Bec's battle with Cystic Fibrosis meant that she was unable to carry a child. They explored their options, before deciding the surrogacy was the way to go.

Luckily, Bec's best friend, Jessica Brockie, was up to the challenge. 

Brockie, married to New Zealand rugby player Jeremy Brockie, already had two children and in April 2017, fell pregnant with the Arena baby. 

In an adorable Instagram post, the Arenas shared their excitement at becoming parents. 

"It's no secret that CF has made our road to parenthood a difficult and tumultuous one," Bec wrote. "I knew from early on that although my "ingredients" to make a baby were fine, my diminished lung function would never allow me to carry full term.

"I don't think, however, that we ever dreamt we'd be lucky enough to actually find someone ready and willing to go on such an incredible journey with us." 

Joy turned to sorrow however is September, as tragedy struck the two families. 

Bec suddenly passed away due to complications with her illness, she would never get to meet her baby. 

Just this week Jessica gave birth to the couple's son, Rixon James Arena.


Introducing this little miracle into the world. Rixon James Arena #surrogacy @jesbrockie

A post shared by Gareth, Bec & Rixon Arena (@one_breath_at_a_time_) on

She announced the new arrival on Twitter, saying:

"And just like that, Rixon James Arena has arrived in this world. What an amazing journey to be a part of. Memories that [Jeremy] and I will treasure forever."

Sharing a clip from their wedding day on Instagram, Gareth remembered how much Bec wanted to be a mother: 

"I thought I would share a beautiful clip from our wedding day that shows a little of how much Bec actually wanted to become a mother," he writes. 

"This is the hardest part of being a father for me, I can deal with the sleepless nights and shitty nappies. The things I would do just to be able to see him in Bec's arms." 

According to a Gofundme page set up by Bec's family, she was a "nutella fiend, car karaoke queen, grammar nazi and cystic fibrosis sufferer… but to those who knew and loved her she was so so so so much more." 

Bec had been planning on being a stay-at-home mum, but her sudden death has left Gareth the sole provider and parent to little Rixon. The page's goal is to raise enough enough money to stay at home with the baby as long as possible. 

A bitter sweet ending for a brave lady who wouldn't give up on her dream of being a mother. 

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