A PORT woman whose fairytale romance touched the hearts of the community is celebrating the chance of being a mum.
Kathleen Khalili, nee Campbell, met her husband Amir while on holiday in Tunisia shortly after fearing that she was dying from a brain tumour.
The 46-year-old was hit with the bombshell diagnosis but had already booked up to go to Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, with a friend in September 2013
She felt she had nothing to lose, so she agreed to go on a date with the 28-year-old.
Kathleen previously told the Tele: “If I hadn’t been diagnosed, I would have never have handed over my number.”
Love blossomed against all the odds of cultural differences, an 18-year age gap and Kathleen undergoing a complex four-hour brain operation at the Southern General Hospital.
This involved drilling a hole in her skull to remove the tumour and replace the hole with muscle from her leg.
It took her two months to recuperate and her feelings for Amir were stronger than ever.
The smitten couple later tied the knot near Sousse in October 2015 and settled in a waterfront flat in Greenock.
Kathleen, who had always dreamed of being a mum, was then hit with a second blow when she was told that she was too old to receive fertility treatment.
She started fundraising to pay for private help abroad which would cost £10,000.
She said: “I had been in contact with the clinic in Cyprus and that part of the treatment was due to start in August with the help of a family member who is donating her eggs.
“Then out of the blue I got a call from Glasgow Royal Infirmary and I was told they will cover all my treatment for one attempt of IVF.
“I am on cloud nine — I cannot believe it.
“We all need to undergo counselling and go through all the tests. Hopefully everything goes ahead.
“I’m going to freeze the fundraising amount, just in case we need another attempt, and if we are successful we will donate the money we’ve raised to a children’s charity.”
It’s a dream come true for the couple, who say a baby would make their happiness complete.
Kathleen said: “I am absolutely overjoyed. I have wanted children my whole life — it would mean the world to me.”