Lauren McGregor lost her husband Chris in July 2020 after he was diagnosed with a ᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴀʟ ʙʀᴀɪɴ ᴛᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ.
The couple always planned to have a child together, but Chris’ ᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴀʟ diagnosis came as a heartbreak. Nearly two years after Chris’ ᴅ.ᴇᴀ.ᴛʜ, Lauren has now given birth to her late husband’s baby.
The 33-year-old widow from Liverpool was able to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ using sperm frozen by Chris, who p.a.s.s.ed a.way in July 2020. According to reports, she waited nine months after he ᴅ.ɪᴇᴅ before starting the I.V.F process.
Lauren gave birth to her son Seb on May 17th by a planned C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ.
“I didn’t feel as though I needed to introduce Seb to the photo of his dad – it just felt like they already knew each other. He’s just given me a little piece of himself from wherever he is now,” said Lauren.
“Seb looks more like his dad every day. When he was born he had a thick head of hair, with a perfect ‘M’ shaped hairline, just like Chris’ that we all teased him about,” she added.
Lauren says she sees a lot of Chris’ features in Seb. “His lips have filled out just like Chris’ – whereas my lips are quite thin,” said the mum.
Although the new mum is delighted to have a ‘little piece’ of her late husband, she said there are ‘so many moments’ she wishes Chris were there to share.
Chris’ 18-year-old son from a previous relationship is a father figure to his baby brother, said Lauren. He even carries Seb to the hospital and does all the things a big brother or father is supposed to do for a child.
“I don’t think there are many teenage boys who would even think of that, but it was something he really wanted to do for his dad. It’s a really lovely picture and a lovely memory,” said Lauren.
“Wade said to me that he feels as though he has a piece of his dad with him now, but I had to remind him that he already has a piece of his dad in himself,” she added.