Grandmother Giving Birth – to Grandchild
Today, Cindy Morales will give birth. To her own grandchild.
In a turn of events that tugs at the heart, Morales’ own daughter, Emily, was rendered unable to carry a pregnancy. Emily was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In order to save her life, she needed surgery to remove her uterus. To add to the tragedy, the night before the surgery was to take place, Emily’s doctor informed her that the routine pregnancy test run before the operation showed that she was, in fact, pregnant. The loss of that pregnancy, and her chance for ever carrying a child of her own, were undoubtedly devastating.
Emily and her family found hope in the fact that she was able to keep her ovaries, allowing doctors to perform in vitro fertilization. But when her mother offered to be the surrogate, she and her husband had their concerns – and doubts. A fifty year old woman is not always the best candidate for carrying a pregnancy, but Morales’ good health and “perfect” uterus meant she was a viable candidate.
She isn’t the first grandmother to carry her own grandchild. “Earlier this month 49-year-old Linda Sirois gave birth to a grandson, acting as a surrogate for her daughter who has a heart condition that makes pregnancy too dangerous for her. And in 2008 a 56-year-old woman, Jaci Dalenberg, gave birth to her daughter’s triplets.”
In the end, Emily says, “This is just the continuation of everything she has done her entire life for me, which is to make sure that I have the best life possible.” It sounds like this baby will be lucky – and loved.
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