Emotional Saira Khan cries as she talks about adopting daughter Amara from an orphanage in Pakistan
'THEY PUT HER IN MY ARMS, SHE WAS MINE' - SAIRA KHAN ON ADOPTING DAUGHTER AMARA
Our Saira has always talked openly about adopting daughter Amara from an orphanage in Pakistan. And she was moved to tears as she discussed the process and introduced Amara, seven, on the show.
Describing the moment she met baby Amara for the first time, Saira revealed: ''All I remember is when they put her in my arms, she was mine. That was it. I looked into these eyes, huge eyes, and they were staring back at me like that. Going through the adoption process for nine months, I knew in my head, this is the bit where the process kicks in. I had to take all her clothes off, make sure everything was OK, because I couldn’t bring a sick baby back to the UK. That was one of the conditions. If you do, you have to foot their health bill for the rest of their life. I noticed she’d got dehydrated skin and her chest was up.'
And Saira became tearful as she talked about Amara's birth mother saying, 'We know nothing but I always say, and I’m going to take this moment to say it to whoever is out there. Thank you for putting her in that cradle.'
Saira explained how orphanages in Pakistan work and save babies' lives.
'Basically, in a country like Pakistan where children are given up, mainly girls for whatever reason, this particular charity has got 350 cradles, at bus stops, in shopping centres, at the side of the roads, and what you do is you put your baby in there if you don’t want your baby, you ring the bell, you walk away, and the people from the orphanage will come and take it. The sign on the top says, "Please do not kill your baby, leave it here, we will look after it".'
Saira discussed the process of adopting her little girl with husband Steve Hyde and the traumatic moment that Amara was taken into intensive care: 'I got a phone call six days after going into Pakistan and they said, "A baby girl’s been abandoned". I didn’t choose, Amara was the baby that was there. I took her to the hospital, and that’s where the doctor said, "Saira, this baby isn’t new born, this baby’s four days old", because they could see the umbilical cord, it was aged. They actually turned round to my director, because we had made a documentary about this, and said, "You may want to turn your cameras off because this is very touch and go." And at that point, they then rushed her into intensive care, put drips on her and I’m helpless.'
'Although she didn’t come out of my tummy, that bond that when you have a baby put into your arms, at that moment I had to make a decision. I don’t know what’s wrong with this baby, I will never know about her medical condition, what do I do? The doctor said, "Do you want to carry on or do you want to take the baby back?" And I said, "This baby is mine and whatever happens to her, I am taking her back to the UK." And I did. She was in intensive care for seven days.'
Amara joined Saira live on the show, 'I am so grateful that I had infertility problems because I would never have had this beautiful child in my life.'
Watch the video for the full emotional interview with Saira and Amara.