After the death of singer George Michael last month, stories began pouring forth in the media about his humble generosity. Among the many donations he made in his lifetime to people and organizations throughout the world, he anonymously paid for several couples' IVF treatments after hearing their stories through various British television shows.
One woman, Jo Maidment, appeared on This Morning in 2010 to raise awareness about infertility, sharing her own story in the process. One in eight couples, or 12% of married women, will have difficulties in getting or keeping a pregnancy. Two days after her appearance, she received word that an anonymous donor, described only as "a businessman," wanted to help her with her IVF payment plans.
Two cycles later, Maidment got pregnant with her daughter, Betsy. The anonymous donor sent a card and flowers after her birth, signing it "George Michael (A.K.A. Anonymous)."
In another story, Lynette Gillard received an anonymous donation for fertility treatments after appearing on the game show Deal or No Deal in 2008. Unlike Maidment, she had no idea that George Michael was the secret benefactor until after news of his death broke on Christmas Day in 2016.
"I am just so grateful for what George did. I will never forget it," Gillard said. She and her husband drove 400 miles to lay flowers at Michael's former residence when they heard the news. "He has completely changed our lives, and laying the flowers was a really sad day." The couple is still working on conceiving, but says they plan to name the child after Michael in some way.
Of course, we can't all be lucky enough to get anonymous donations from a famous pop star. However, many different types of IVF payment plans are available for couples who want to give it "one more try." Contact us today to learn more about your options and how to achieve your pregnancy goals.