September 13: The British surrogate mother who was carrying Osama Bin Laden’s twin grandchildren has suffered a miscarriage, reports The Mail.
Louise Pollard was ten weeks into her pregnancy when she lost the children conceived by IVF using the sperm of Bin Laden’s son Omar and the eggs of his 54-year-old British wife, Zaina, who was previously known as Jane Felix-Browne.
Pollard was travelling in Syria with Mrs Bin Laden when she was attacked by two men as she walked alone from a cafe to her accommodation late at night.
Her assailants did not speak, but punched her to the ground, and then ran away, leaving her with a black eye and bruising on her arms and legs.
Pollard, a 24-year-old PA from Bristol, managed to get back to her apartment, and later went to hospital where a scan showed she had lost the babies.
’There was no heart beat,’ said Miss Pollard, who has previously had two babies for British childless couples.
She said she has no idea of the motivation for the attack, but says she has been recognised both in the UK and in the Middle East as the ’Western woman carrying Bin Laden children’.
Since her ordeal, which she did not report to the police, Pollard has decided not to attempt another surrogacy for the Bin Ladens, who have now separated amid claims that Omar has developed mental illness.
Louise Pollard with Zaina Bin Laden and the positive pregnancy test last month.
But she insists her decision has nothing to do with the couple’s connection to the world’s most wanted terrorist. She said: ’I feel as a surrogate mother that I have to think about the child’s future.
’When I agreed to the arrangement I was trying to help what seemed like a stable happy couple who wanted to have a family.
’Just because they have the surname they do does not mean they have done anything wrong. But now they’ve split up. Zaina is a grandmother in her fifties, on her own, with not much money, and Omar is apparently suffering from schizophrenia. They have more fertilised eggs to use, but because of Zaina’s age, I have been told they are probably not that viable anyway.’
The Bin Ladens were due to pay Miss Pollard £10,000 after the birth of any child she carried for them.
Instead, however, she says that thanks to travel costs, child-care for her own four-year-old son Jaden and other expenses, she is actually £250 out of pocket.
Pollard, who once worked as a pole dancer to fund an accountancy degree, says she will continue being a surrogate mother for other couples.
She has described the role as her ’calling’.
On Sunday Omar Bin Laden said there was no chance of a reconciliation with his wife. Asked for his reaction to Miss Pollard’s miscarriage, he said he accepted it as ’destiny’.