To keep a promise she made to her daughter in her childhood, 54-year-old Tracey Thompson served as a surrogate seven years after menopause
Houston: After her daughter suffered three miscarriages, a 54-year-old grandmother in the US gave birth to her daughter’s baby in a carefully planned surrogacy.
Kelley and Aaron McKissack thank Tracey Thompson. Pic/Facebook
Kelley, 28, and Aaron McKissack, 33, had tried for three years to have a baby of their own. The couple attempted multiple infertility treatments and experienced three miscarriages.
The last one ended in heartbreak on Christmas in 2014. However, the final round of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) did leave the couple with four remaining embryos. Kelley’s mother, Tracey Thompson then offered to be a surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law, using the remaining embryos.
"My lovely mom offered to give me to greatest gift I could ever have in my life," Kelley said on her mother’s gesture.
When Kelley was a teenager, she had jokingly asked her mother to carry her baby. "She said, ‘If I can’t carry my own baby will you carry it for me?’" said Thompson. "Of course I would, not dreaming that I would actually be doing it." This promise was kept when an embryo was successfully implanted into Thompson in April 2015. She was seven years past menopause but in excellent health.