A Texas grandmother gave the most precious gift to her daughter who was readying to become a first-time mom — the baby herself!
The Inside Edition video above explains that Tracey Thompson, 53, gave birth on Wednesday to her granddaughter at the Medical Center of Plano after agreeing to carry the child for her daughter, Kelley McKissack.
McKissack, 28, and her husband had tried unsuccessfully for three years to have a baby of their own, but to no avail. After multiple fertility treatments and three miscarriages, the couple was left with one final round of in-vitro fertilization and four embryos. Realizing what was at stake, Thompson, who was already seven years past menopause, offered to carry the embryos as a surrogate.
“She’s a special kind of woman,” McKissack said of her mother, describing her mom’s actions as “the best gift… for a lifetime.”
It wasn’t necessarily an easy process. Thompson underwent a series of coordinated medical treatments to allow her body to carry a baby again, but in the end it paid off.
“It is such a blessing that I can do this for my daughter,” Thompson said.
One of the remaining embryos was successfully implanted in April 2015, and nine months later a baby was born: Little Kelcey—whose name was a combination of her mother and grandmother’s names— weighed six pounds, 11 ounces when she was born.
“Grandmother, mother and baby are all healthy,” the Medical Center of Plano wrote.