Woman given IVF donation by George Michael gives birth

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    A fitness instructor who was given an anonymous £9,000 IVF donation by the late George Michael has given birth.

    Seth Hart is now two weeks old and has been given the middle name George as a tribute to the singer.

    The Wham! star gave his mother Lynette Gillard, 38, the money for treatment after seeing her on Deal or No Deal in 2008.

    Ms Gillard had been desperate to conceive since 2005 and went on the game show in a bid to get enough cash for another round of IVF – but walked away with just £3,000.

    Lynette Gillard battled for 13 years to get pregnant and went on Deal or No Deal in 2008 in a bid to get enough money for another round of IVF 

    Lynette Gillard battled for 13 years to get pregnant and went on Deal or No Deal in 2008 in a bid to get enough money for another round of IVF 

    The Careless Whisper singer contacted TV bosses to arrange the donation on the strict condition he remained anonymous.

    It was not until after his death on Christmas Day last year that the new mother found out where the money came from.

    Ms Gillard, of Westhoughton, Greater Manchester, told The Sun on Sunday: ‘I found out I was pregnant on the day he died.

    ‘The first time I held my ­little boy I said thank you to George. His hit Jesus to a Child was playing and it felt surreal.

    ‘I hope he’s looking down smiling, knowing I have what I’ve always longed for.’

    ‘He believed in me and gave me hope to keep trying even when I felt it was useless.

    The late George Michael donated £9,000 for the 38-year-old (pictured)'s treatment, but on the strict condition he remained anonymous 

    The late George Michael donated £9,000 for the 38-year-old (pictured)'s treatment, but on the strict condition he remained anonymous 

    The late George Michael donated £9,000 for the 38-year-old (pictured)’s treatment, but on the strict condition he remained anonymous 

    The Wham! singer (pictured) who died last year at just 53 was only revealed as the mystery benefactor after his death 

    The Wham! singer (pictured) who died last year at just 53 was only revealed as the mystery benefactor after his death 

    The Wham! singer (pictured) who died last year at just 53 was only revealed as the mystery benefactor after his death 

    ‘His songs were playing on the radio when we went for our first scan and when I was in labour.

    ‘I feel that George has been with me every step of the way.’

    The pop legend’s gift enabled Ms Gillard to have medical tests that found she had cells that kill off embryos.

    The condition was treated, but her ninth round of IVF still failed.

    Lynette Gillard and her partner Nathan Hart, 37, (pictured) welcomed their son Seth two weeks ago 

    Lynette Gillard and her partner Nathan Hart, 37, (pictured) welcomed their son Seth two weeks ago 

    Lynette Gillard and her partner Nathan Hart, 37, (pictured) welcomed their son Seth two weeks ago 

    Not willing to give up, she and her partner Nathan Hart, 37, decided to give it one last go.

    But before they did, she conceived naturally.

    The couple travelled 400 miles to lay flowers outside the singer’s Oxfordshire home after news of his tragic death aged just 53 broke last Christmas.

    Ms Gillard added: ‘I’m sure when he grows up Seth will look up to George as an inspiration.’ 

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