A 61-year-old grandmother gave birth to her own granddaughter after volunteering to be a surrogate for her son and his husband’s child.
When Matthew Eledge, 32, and Elliot Dougherty, 29, began considering IVF as an option for conceiving a child two years ago, the couple say they were amused by Matthew’s mums offer to be be their surrogate.
Having last given birth more than 30 years ago, Cecile Eledge, who went through menopause 10 years ago, assured the couple that she ‘loved being pregnant’, and, if she could, she’d ‘do it again in a heartbeat’.
Meeting with a reproductive endocrinologist in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, Matthew shared his mother’s ‘crazy’ declaration with Dr.
Carolyn Maud Dougherty, who assured him there was nothing crazy about her idea at all, shares Daily Mail.
After a series of tests doctors confirmed the grandma to be in remarkable shape and fully capable of carrying a baby full-term.
It was Elliot’s 26-year-old sister, Lea Yribe, who then offered the couple her eggs, having just given birth to her second child.
Using Matthew’s sperm, doctors implanted several fertilised eggs in Cecil’s uterus, and remarkably she fell pregnant on the first attempt.
Doctors were stunned when Cecile was able to give birth to Uma naturally, instead of the C-section procedure they’d anticipated.
Photographer Ariel Panowicz captured the emotional moment Matthew and Elliot glanced down at their daughter for the first time, as grandma Cecile clutched the baby in her arms.
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