Uhm, come again?
A North Dakota woman, Sherri Dickson, was already a grown woman at the age of 51 years old and had three children of her own. On top of that, she has multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system.
Though the disease was in remission, it’s still incredible that she agreed to carry her daughter, Mandy Stephens‘ child!
Mandy and her husband had fertility struggles for years including an instance where she went into early labor and ended up losing the child which the couple had already named Theo.
Sherri said that it was very hard to see her daughter go through and deal with Theo’s death.
Due to Mandy’s experience, her doctors explained to her that a premature birth could occur again. Stephens and her husband were faced with several options, but when her mom stepped up and offered to carry her daughter’s baby for her, it seemed like the best plan. Sherri says of the decision:
“I decided that if they needed somebody to carry their child, I would volunteer.”
After a couple attempts of in vitro last fall, Dickson found out she was pregnant! The healthy baby girl was born only last month and though she loved the experience, Sherri said:
“The delivery at 51 was way harder than the delivery at 33 with my last baby.”
She went on to talk about the joy the experience has brought to all of them by saying:
“There are times I look at ├óΓé¼┬ª [the baby] and say, ‘We did that, you know?’ We gave her what she wants. Not that you ever make up for a baby you lost but you give someone that hope, you know?”
Though their pregnancy solution may be a bit out of the norm, we’re glad to hear that everyone is happy and healthy!
[Image via ABC.]