A Texan grandmother has etched herself in history by giving birth to her granddaughter!
According to Fox 26, Tracy Thompson of Plano, 54, served as a surrogate for her 28-year-old daughter and son-in-law after witnessing the couple struggle with fertility issues and experiencing three miscarriages over the past several years.
Despite already having experienced menopause, doctors at the Medical Center of Plano prepared Thompson’s body for pregnancy and used the couple’s remaining embryos from their final round of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The Texan grandmother expressed her delight at delivering a healthy six-pound, 11-ounce granddaughter.
“It is such a blessing that I can do this for my daughter,” said the grandmother. “Her and her husband had gone through so much – the miscarriages and fertility. I didn’t want to disappoint her.”
She added, “It’s been many years since I was pregnant. The second trimester was great. The first and third were really tough.”
Kelley McKissack, 28, and her husband Aaron, 33, had undergone multiple infertility treatments but could not become parents. The couple’s last miscarriage ended in heartbreak on Christmas Day 2014, reports the Telegraph. However, Kelley had four embryos left thanks to a round of in vitro fertilization. That is when Tracy offered to be a surrogate mother for Kelley’s child. Skeptical at first, Kelley did not know if her 54-year-old mother was fit enough to act as a surrogate, especially as she had already experienced menopause.
But Kelley’s doctors had other ideas. They said Tracy had to undergo “a series of carefully coordinated medical treatments” in order to prepare her body for surrogacy.
“Tracey was already seven years past menopause but in otherwise excellent health,” said a doctor of the Texan grandmother’s health. “Age alone is typically a limiting factor for childbirth and surrogacy. However, medical advances in assisted reproductive technology can allow for late-in life surrogacy, under exacting supervision.”
But despite being in excellent physical condition and being surrounded by doctors who could pull it off, Tracy still needed a steely resolve to become a surrogate at her age. Dr. Joseph Loveno, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, said the Texan grandmother deserves great appreciation for having decided to bear a child for her own daughter.
“To come back a generation later and do it again, it takes a mountain of a woman and I think that’s what Tracey is as far as her spirit and her strength [goes],” said Loveno.
But as special as Tracy’s resolve might be, her granddaughter’s arrival was not without its share of troubles.
“[The baby’s] heart rate started dropping too much and that was [the doctor’s] concern,” said the Texan grandmother of the time when she went into labor. “He said we need to do a C-section.”
Tracy underwent a C-section at 54 to deliver her granddaughter, and she laughingly added that it would be her last.
Kelley McKissack said her mother had given her the “greatest gift” that she has ever received, and named the little girl Kelcey.
“She’s beautiful, just perfect. No one could give someone a greater gift,” Kelley said of her child.
There is no doubt about it. The Texan grandmother has undoubtedly given her daughter the best gift she could receive, and kudos to her spirit for that!
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