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Desperate to have a baby, she turned to a close friend to be her surrogate. Then Lauren Litchtnauer discovered she was pregnant.

An Australian woman fell pregnant just weeks before her surrogate’s due date in a pregnancy that truly defied the odds.

Lauren Litchtnauer underwent 21 unsuccessful IVF treatments in her bid to fall pregnant to husband Myron.

The process saw the want-to-be mum suffer four miscarriages in a journey that consumed years of her life.

Desperate to help, friend Rosie Luik, a Brisbane-based model, stepped in to become the couple’s surrogate.

Source: Screenshot/Sixty Minutes.

The friends shared their emotional story on Sunday night's episode of Sixty Minutes.

"I think every woman out there who’s ever wanted a baby or had a baby would know exactly how it feels," Lichtnauer said.

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Luik who already had three children of her own, grew desperate to intervene in her friend's ongoing fertility battle.

"I just blurted it out, I said, 'look, we'll discuss it later, but basically I'm going to have your baby'," Ms Luik said.

"I knew I was good at it. I'd had three babies. I had never had a complication. I just wanted to help Lauren."

Lauren Lichtnaeur and Rosie Luik. Source; Screenshot/Sixty Minutes.

The arrangement was further complicated when Lichtnauer discovered her own miraculous pregnancy.

"I started to cry and said [to Rosie], "I have something to tell you and please don't be mad and please don't hate me"," Ms Lichtnauer said.

"She said, "What?' and I said, "I'm pregnant", and she burst into tears."

"I was just over the moon," Ms Luik said.

An image of Luik's ultrasound. Source: Screenshot/Sixty Minutes.
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Lichtnauer shared how the difficulties presented in her journey made her question whether she should even be a mother.

"I would question myself and berate myself over whether it was nature's way, or the higher powers telling me that I wasn't meant to be a mum," she said.

Luik said the twins she carried for Lichtnauer call her their 'tummy mummy'.

Altruistic surrogacy - where no money passes hands - is considered an acceptable and therefore legal process.

Paid surrogacy arrangements are illegal in Australia.

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