Loose Women star Saira Khan broke down in tears today as she revealed how grateful she is for adopted daughter Amara’s birth mother.
Saira, 48, explained how she and Amara, now seven, always say a ‘little wish’ for the unknown woman who gave up her baby, describing her as a ‘special lady’.
The broadcaster explained how she travelled to Pakistan to adopt a baby in 2011, after fertility problems meant she was unable to conceive a second biological child.
The mother-of-two described the moment she held tiny Amara in her arms for the first time, and said she thought instantly ‘she’s mine’.
Loose Women star Saira Khan got emotional as she revealed how grateful she is for adopted daughter Amara’s birth mother
Sara described the moment she held tiny Amara in her arms for the first time in Pakistan in 2011 (above), and said she thought instantly ‘she’s mine’
Speaking on Loose Woman to mark Barnardo’s Adoption Week campaign, Saira said: ‘She was tiny. All I remember is when they put her in my arms, I thought she is mine.
‘Her huge eyes were staring back at me and I thought “Oh my goodness.’
The former Apprentice star explained how Amara had been put in a cradle by her birth mother, before being taken to an orphanage.
The cradles are put in public places such as bus shelters and supermarkets, along with a sign that says ‘Please do not kill your baby’.
Saira (pictured on Loose Women today) thanked the unknown woman from Pakistan, who gave Amara up for adoption as a baby by putting her in a cradle
Saira (pictured with daughter Amara on Loose Women) explained how she is open with Amara, now seven, about her adoption, and says she knows about her ‘tummy mummy’
Breaking down in tears, Saira said: ‘I want to say for whoever’s out there, thank you for thinking of Amara and putting her in that cradle.
‘Some babies don’t get into the cradles for whatever reason.’
She later added: ‘There’s a special lady out there, who we always say a little wish for her. And to say thank you for what you’ve done for us.’
Saira explained how baby Amara spent seven days in intensive care because she was severely dehydrated, describing how at points it was ‘touch and go’.
However, she said she never thought for a moment that she wouldn’t be taking Amara back home with her.
Saira (pictured with Amara) said she is ‘grateful’ for her fertility problems as it meant she had a ‘beautiful child’ in her life
Saira explained how baby Amara (above at just four days old) spent seven days in intensive care, describing it as ‘touch and go’ at times
‘That bond when they put her in your arms. I said this baby is mine and whatever happens to her I am taking her back to the UK,’ Saira said.
‘I just blocked everything out and thought “she’s going to survive.”’
She continued: ‘I am so grateful that I had fertility problems because otherwise I would never have this beautiful child in my life.’
Saira, who was later joined on the show by daughter Amara, explained how she is open with the youngster about the fact she is adopted.
‘She knows I am her mummy and she has another tummy mummy,’ she explained. ‘It comes up in conversation but it’s not a big deal.’
Saira made a documentary about her journey to Pakistan to adopt baby Amara, which includes the moment she met her for the first time.
The presenter also has nine-year-old son, Zac, with husband Steve, who was aged two at the time his baby sister was adopted.