A North Texas woman has given birth to her own granddaughter after serving as a surrogate for her daughter.
At age 54, Tracey Thompson delivered a 3kg girl after serving as surrogate for her 28-year-old daughter, Kelley McKissack.
Doctors at The Medical Center of Plano say McKissack and her husband, Aaron McKissack, had undergone multiple infertility treatments only to suffer three miscarriages.
According to a hospital statement, the Texas couple had four fertilised embryos left, so Tracey Thompson offered to be a surrogate, despite being seven years past menopause.
“Her and her husband had gone through so much – the miscarriages and fertility,” explained Thompson. “I didn’t want to disappoint her.”
The embryos were implanted in Thompson’s womb last April.
As for pregnancy at 54, Thompson told local news station WFAA it was a difficult time.
“It’s been many years since I was pregnant,” she said. “The second trimester was great! The first and third were really tough.”
And labor was even tougher. After the baby’s heart rate dropped, Thompson required a caesarean.
The McKissacks named the child Kelcey, a combination of the mother’s and grandmother’s names.
“She’s beautiful, she’s just perfect,” said McKissack. “No one could give someone a greater gift, ever.”