If there was a special award you could give to the best best friend in the world, we reckon Lianna Fives would be a serious contender.

 

Nicole Barattini and her lovely husband thought that they would  never have any children, but now they have a beautiful set of twins thanks to their friend Lianna. 

 

Nicole was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, when she was 16, and learned to live with it for over a decade, despite tiring episodes and, in extreme cases, hospitalisation.

 

When she married her husband Kevin back in 2010, Nicole learned that her illness would actually cause fertility issues, because her medication would be harmful to a baby. 

 

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The couple soon learned that adoption would be too expensive and that paid surrogacy is actually illegal in New York, so the couple decided to search for a gestational carrier. 

 

Nicole froze her eggs, not knowing yet who they could use to carry her babies. 

 

“We had heard stories that sisters carried and mothers carried, but I don’t have a sister and my mother is over the age to be able to be a carrier," Nicole said to Pretty52.

 

"We just did it for precautionary reasons and hoped for the best.”

 

After time, the couple asked their dear friend, Lianna, to carry their children - and she was happy to do it. 

 

“I love my kids, to see people who should have kids and couldn’t upsets me,” Lianna said. 

 

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Nicole reflected on what it was like for her, in relation to the fact that her friend would be carrying her babies:

 

“We had been through so much that I had been OK with the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to carry, so at that point it wasn’t hard at all. It was actually a relief that they were going to be healthy, and there was less stress for me knowing that a really good person was carrying them.”

 

On February 10th, 2016, Lianna gave birth to  two gorgeous twins, Dominic and Luciana. 

 

Not that it will surprise you, but the amazing Liana is baby Luciana's Godmother. 

 

What a truly wonderful thing do do for your friend. 

 

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