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Actress Brittany Daniel’s twin sister, Cynthia, donated her eggs to her so that she could have a child after being treated for lymphoma.
The Daniel twins played Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield in the teen drama Sweet Valley High, which ran from 1994-1998.
The series is based on the book series of the same name written by American author Francine Pascal.
Brittany continued to act after the show’s cancellation, and Cynthia pivoted to photography.
In a recent report from People Magazine, Brittany faced a harrowing battle with stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and discovered that she might not be able to have children of her own.
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But her sister Cynthia, who has three children of her own with her husband Cold Hauser, “didn’t hesitate” to donate her eggs.
“I saw it as such a simple gift I could give to her. I know Brittany would do it in a split second for me. And we’ve always shared everything, so why not this?” Cynthia told People.
The sisters have a joint Instagram account @brittanyandcynthiadaniel, and are set to star in the Disney+ remake of the family film Cheaper by the Dozen,
Brittany experienced three unsuccessful in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts, but on October 24, 2021, she and her husband Adam Touni finally welcomed their daughter Hope who was born via surrogate.
Brittany and her husband, Adam Touni, were in the room during the delivery.
“The entire room was bawling because they just all knew what we had been through,” Brittany said.
She also told People that she’s considering having more children eventually with Cynthia’s donated eggs.
“[Motherhood] it’s better than I ever thought it could be. My sister made my dreams come true,” Brittany said.
Other celebrities have spoken about their struggles with getting pregnant such as Kim Kardashian.
Kardashian and her estranged husband Kanye West (Ye) opted to use a gestational surrogate for their daughter, Chicago, and son, Pslam after they had a hard time getting pregnant with their son Saint.
Singer Paloma Faith also discussed her experiences, noting that she went through six rounds of IVF before she got pregnant with her second child.