The Short of It
A New York woman served as a surrogate for her identical twin sister and gave birth to her own nephew on Aug. 5.
In 2009, when Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker was 30 weeks pregnant with her first child, she found out she had Stage 3 breast cancer and needed to start chemotherapy as soon as possible. Her son, Dylan, was delivered by emergency Caesarean section at 31 weeks, and Allison went on to become cancer-free.
When she wanted to have another baby, her doctor told her she shouldn't conceive again because the hormones could bring back her cancer. Her identical twin sister Dawn Ardolino Policastro offered to be her surrogate immediately.
"Well before he (the doctor) even finished his sentence, Dawn jumped in and said, 'It doesn't matter because I am going to carry their child,'" Allison wrote on her Facebook page.
Dawn gave birth to her nephew, Hudson, on Aug. 5. Professional photos of the sisters during Dawn's pregnancy show the two holding signs saying, "My bun" and "Her oven," have gone viral.
The gift of carrying a baby for another woman is an incredible one, whether you're doing it for a family member, a friend or a stranger.
"How can we begin to thank you for the tremendous generosity and sacrifice you have so willingly bestowed these last few months?" Allison wrote on her sister's Facebook page.
Bringing a baby into the world is always an amazing story, but doing it for someone else is truly selfless.
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