Last night on 60 Minutes, Sydney woman Claudia Luca shared the remarkable story of how she became a mother for the first time.
Claudia was born with Mayer Rokitansky Juster Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a rare condition which prevents the uterus and fallopian tubes from developing. While Claudia’s ovaries grew normally, she knew from a young age that she would be unable to carry a child.
After she and husband Sonny exhausted all the possible alternatives, the 29-year-old’s mother Antoinetta Di Maggio volunteered to be their surrogate.
Antoinetta told her daughter “Claudia I’ll carry your baby for you. I’ll do it for you.”
“And her and Sonny, their first reaction was ‘You can’t do it! You’re too old!'”
After being made aware of the risks involved, the 53-year-old underwent four rounds of IVF before finally falling pregnant with Claudia and Sonny’s baby.
Claudia shared that seeing her mother pregnant and watching her belly grow was a “surreal” experience, but “I got to be there every step of the way, which was the best part of it all – and I got to do it with my mum.”
“It was just, it was beautiful. The whole experience was just totally beautiful. Especially the moment that he came out, it was just so priceless,” Antonietta said.
The couple named their son Luciano, and can’t thank Antoinetta enough for giving them the gift of parenthood.
“How do you thank the person who’s fulfilled my lifelong dream? And it was my mum of all people.”
To watch the full interview, head over to the 60 minutes website here.
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