A couple is beyond thankful after creating TikTok videos that led to raising money for IVF, following five miscarriages.
Mark and Lucy Brown spent £15,000 (over $20K) on IVF treatment since having their son sixteen years ago.
Lucy, 41, suffered from eclampsia during her first pregnancy and as a result, was sterilized after giving birth to her son, Sonny in 2004.
The two attempted to have another child in 2017 after the sterilization reversed but were heartbroken after going through five miscarriages and one ectopic pregnancy.
Mark, who set up his own inflatable party hire business before the pandemic hit, set up his TikTok account in an effort to raise money for the IVF.
During the first lockdown last year, he started to create content for the social media platform and was able to raise £3,000 (around $4K) from his creator fund — which pays people for every 1,000 views they get on a video.
Speaking to the Sun, Mark stated: “It’s been a really horrific time for the both of us to go through this. The latest miscarriage was in September last year, and Lucy was three weeks pregnant. One of our worst experiences was in 2018, we had been told we were pregnant with twins just before we went on holiday to Tenerife.”
“Doctors told us that it was safe for us to travel, but when Lucy was celebrating her birthday out there she suffered another miscarriage. When we were able to return home the doctor told us that there was still one sac, so one child had survived, and we were so excited.”
But Mark revealed a dark turn…
“But then we had the devastating news that it was empty. We have been trying for four years and this is really our last chance. TikTok was very much the last chance for us to achieve the dream of us having another child, a brother or sister for Sonny. We were absolutely blown away that we were able to make money from this, I have had a few viral videos but we never thought that it would ever get to this point where we had enough to pay for the IVF.”
“People who have been sharing my videos and enjoying them have been so amazing, I haven’t been asking anyone for money. I would never do that. It’s mostly been raised by the views that I have on TikTok, but some people have wanted to donate to our cause and we are so grateful.”
After being told about the creator fund, the 35-year-old created his TikTok account called Right Guys Aldi Reviews — where he began to create viral videos where he reviews various food products from Aldi and other stores.
Mark added: “We will be giving our followers the chance to suggest names for our child, obviously if everything goes well.
“We have been in contact with the fertility clinic, who organised for Lucy to get her jab, so we have to wait three months before starting the process. But we are just so grateful to everyone who has supported us on TikTok, and within reason, will be allowing people to suggest names for the baby – a real social-media child!”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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