Dad-to-be stunned at Aldi customer's gesture when she overheard his conversation

By Olivia Williams

A dad-to-be was stunned by an Aldi customer's kind gesture after she overheard his conversation in the queue.

Sam Kelly, who lives with partner Claire Louise in Liverpool, was working at the store and chatting to his cousin who was waiting in line.

The 32-year-old's cousin asked how Sam and Claire's current IVF treatment was going after a five-year struggle of trying to conceive.

The following day he was amazed when a customer who overheard the conversation came in the next day and gave him a gift for Claire.

The supermarket worker told the Liverpool Echo : "I was in work one day and my cousin was in the queue and she asked how the IVF was going.

"A customer who was behind came in the next day.

"She said 'I hope you don't mind, I heard your story' and she bought Claire a moon stone.

"The story behind that is the moon stone balances a woman's hormones to keep her calm.

"I was just catching flies because she doesn't know me and she especially doesn't know Claire, she overheard snippet of the IVF story.

"When I told her Claire was pregnant she just sobbed in the aisle."

Sam and Claire, who have been together for eight years, have had a long IVF journey.

The couple have tried to conceive for five years with four rounds of IVF.

Sam decided to share their journey on his personal Facebook page when they started IVF treatment again back in January and since then they have been flooded with kind wishes.

He added: "We have been inundated with gifts, texts, cards, phone calls, messages, knocks at the door.

"We have just been inundated and the word 'thank you' means nothing anymore because I have said it so much.

"Me and Claire sit down at night and say 'such and such' have messaged and there is another knock on the door and something else is in the post.

"At one point we had to turn our teapot into a vase because we were getting that many bouquets.

"We have tried to recognise everyone who has done something for us."

The couple's baby is due on January 12, 2022 but Sam said the journey leading up to the moment they fell pregnant has been "hell".

The store assistant said: "We got engaged, got a house, tried for a baby and there were complications, as in it just wasn't happening.

"We went to the doctors and were referred to the Hewitt Centre at Liverpool Women's Hospital.

"It has been hell. We have had three failed rounds, three eggs transferred and they have all come away.

"Some people class it as a miscarriage, some people don't because there wasn't ever a pregnancy test, however there was an egg fertilised and it was transferred but we never got the pregnancy test after it.

"So there's all that on top of we're not pregnant yet.

"Among other things we are still working, running a house, trying to live and this has just been a heavy cloud in the hope there is a rainbow behind it.

"We never told anyone when we went through the treatment because I always thought IVF is hard enough."

But the couple fell pregnant and were left in a 'shock' when they received the news.

Sam said : "Out of nowhere we had a phone call and they said they had a good quality embryo and we had a result before and they said do you want to come in, we suggest you get in today.

"They rang us 10.30am and I was meant to be in work at 12.30pm, so I had ring my manager and say 'I can't come in'.

"We went and because of past track records, two days after the [embryo] transfer I was talking about 'let's save for the next round of IVF'.

"But Claire said 'don't give up just yet' and lo and behold she did a pregnancy test a week later and it was positive.

"Just couldn't believe it and we were in a state of shock.

"I said I'll believe it in two weeks time, believe at the eight-week scan, I'll believe it 12-week scan and we're 22 weeks on Wednesday."

The 32-year-old, who is originally from Bootle, said their baby has been called "Bootle's baby" as many people have been following Sam and Claire's journey and rallying around to help them.

The dad-to-be said: "Because I grew up in Bootle and everyone on my Facebook is from Bootle, they have all been saying it is 'Bootle's baby.'"

Sam and Claire have decided to host a charity event to raise money and awareness for Hewitt Centre and fertility issues instead of having a baby shower and as a way of saying thank you.

Sam said: "We have organised charity night to raise money some awareness for the Hewitt centre because it is a very taboo subject - miscarriages, infertility and I personally feel like it shouldn't be.

"Getting pregnant isn't a taboo because that is the normal, but fertility issues are someone's normal and people have messaged me saying you're making a taboo subject not taboo anymore.

"I would love the message that it only took one egg, one embryo and one round to be a light in an often dim world."

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