Reality TV couple Heath Curry and Toni Hilland, who is battling terminal breast cancer, have announced some exciting personal news on social media.
The 2022 Amazing Race Australia winners took to Instagram on Thursday to share that they have welcomed their first child together via surrogate.
“She’s here!” they wrote alongside a sweet black and white snap of their newborn daughter’s hands.
“Introducing Amelia Hope Curry, born on the 5th of April. Our hearts are full and we are so incredibly grateful to have this little miracle in our world!”
Heath and Toni announced back in February they were expecting a child after their close friend Dea offered to be a surrogate mother for them when they had to give up their IVF journey.
“The BEST is yet to come - we are PREGNANT!” they shared. “2022 was a big, huge, AMAZING year for us, but we know 2023 is going to be the best yet!
“Thankfully our baby girl Curry is not in my body, as when I was diagnosed with terminal cancer - our IVF/fertility ‘journey’ came to an end.
“But out of the blue, we had the most beautiful, selfless, kind offer from a friend to be our surrogate. We only had 1 precious embryo and it bloody well worked! We will never be able to thank you enough!”
The couple also shared a collage of snaps, including an ultrasound and photos with their visibly pregnant friend Dea and her partner.
Toni's heartbreaking diagnosis
Toni was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and discovered in 2021 that she had terminal secondary breast cancer.
Shortly after winning the sixth season of The Amazing Race Australia last year, Toni found out that she also had tumours in her brain.
She told Herald Sun in November she and her husband Heath were out for dinner on the night they officially received their $250,000 prize money when she collapsed.
“I had a glass of prosecco to celebrate and I just did not feel great and I ended up passing out in the restaurant,” she said. “I got taken to the Alfred and because of my terminal diagnosis, they wanted to do a brain scan. Unfortunately, they did an MRI and I have a couple of tumours in my brain.”
Toni is now being treated with chemotherapy as well as a new immunotherapy drug, but revealed her life expectancy has decreased from five years to “one to two”.
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