A Long Island couple who feared a rare disease would prevent them from ever having children are now the parents of twins thanks to the help of their friends.
A few years ago, Kevin and Nicole Barttini, of Saint James, got devastating news from doctors. They said Nicole Barttini had a rare autoimmune disease that would keep her from ever safely delivering a baby.
“One in 3 million people get it,” Nicole Barttini said. “And I found out I had it.”
“No one wants to hear you can’t have children,” added her husband Kevin. “It’s been a battle trying to do this.”
That’s when the Barttinis’ longtime friends Shawn and Lianna Fives, who are parents of five, got in contact with them. They had dinner.
Lianna Fives offered to be a surrogate, carrying Nicole Barttini’s egg fertilized by her husband Kevin’s sperm.
“We love our kids,” Lianna Fives said. “To know they couldn’t have any, it was heartbreaking.”
Both couples went to most doctors’ appointments. They were also together on the big day, Feb. 10.
The Barttinis are now the proud parents of 2-month-old twins Dominic and Luciana.
“It’s amazing,” Kevin Barttini said. “It’s the most selfless act someone can do for somebody.”
And the Fives won't be out of the picture in the foreseeable future; they were named the godparents of the twins.