The Short of It
A 54-year-old grandmother becomes a surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law after they struggle to conceive.
Kelley McKissack, 28, and her husband Aaron tried to get pregnant for three years. Kelley's mom, Tracey Thompson, watched them suffer through three miscarriages and multiple failed fertility treatments before stepping up to offer to carry their baby.
"Her and her husband had gone through so much... I didn't want to disappoint her," Tracey told local ABC station WFAA.
But it wasn't that simple. The would-be grandmother was seven years past menopause, and as the Medical Center of Plano explains, "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."
So Tracey endured stress tests, evaluations, and took hormones to prepare her body for the implantation of an embryo that was growing in the lab.
All went according to plan, but Tracey admits the first and third trimesters were really rough, as it had been many years since she'd been pregnant. The older woman's labor resulted in her first C-section, at age 54!
Tracey has ruled out carrying a sibling for Kelcey. But Kelley says her mom has already provided them with the greatest gift ever.
Baby Kelcey—her name is a combination of Kelley's and Tracey's—was born healthy weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces.