One of the first gay Brits having a child via surrogacy is dying

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One of the first gay men in the UK to become a father through surrogacy is terminally ill and doctors give him less than 2 years to live. Tony Drewitt-Barlow has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of throat cancer and now he is waiting for an operation. “Dad’s really sick. He had cancer 10 years ago and had chemo but now it has come back. Now the whole side of his face is gone. They’ve given him 18 months to live if he doesn’t have the operation,” said Tony’s daughter, adding that the chances are 50/50 but she and her other father are praying for him. The couple both grew up in Manchester on council estates, but now have a combined wealth of £40 million through their business ventures. The pair made history in the late 90s after they became the first gay couple known to legally father children through surrogacy. Twins Saffron and Aspen were the first children to be registered as having two fathers. The couple also later had Orlando and another set of twins, Jasper and Dallas.

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