WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Cecile Eledge gave birth to her own granddaughter after offering to be a surrogate for her son Matthew Eledge, and his husband, Elliot Dougherty.
- Dougherty’s sister, Lea Yribe donated the eggs and they were fertilized with Matthew’s sperm.
- Cecile got pregnant on the first try and gave birth to a baby girl named Uma Louise at age 61.
A 61-year-old woman named Cecile Eledge from Nebraska recently gave birth to her own granddaughter. She went through pregnancy so that her son and his husband could have a baby of their own.
Eledge served as a gestational surrogate for her son, Matthew Eledge, 32, and his husband, Elliot Dougherty, 29, according to a press release by Nebraska Medical Center.
“There was no moment of hesitation. It was natural instinct,” Eledge said.
Eledge went through a long process to determine whether she was a good candidate to be a gestational surrogate. At 61, her age was a consideration. So, she underwent several tests and procedures before doctors give a go she could carry the embryo. Dougherty’s sister, Lea Yribe, donated the egg and Matthew donated his sperm.
Doctors found her to be in remarkable shape and fully capable of carrying a baby full-term.
On March 25, Eledge gave birth to a healthy baby girl weighing 5 pounds, 13-ounces at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to Uma Louise Dougherty-Eledge.
“We are thankful with how the whole process worked,” Matthew said. “We are really grateful that both Uma and her grandma are here, happy and healthy. For the time being, we’re just going to relax and enjoy this moment.”
Ramzy Nakad, M.D. delivered the baby girl, with the help of several other physicians at Nebraska Medicine’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Team, saw Eledge leading up to the birth. Dr. Nakad said while his team of high-risk specialists sees many older patients, this birth was “definitely a very exceptional case.”
“The entire team from doctors to nurses to lab techs showed a beautiful balance of professionalism and compassion,” Matthew said.
Matthew and Elliott were in the room when Eledge gave birth. A photographer captured their emotional reactions. The new dads were brought to tears and beamed with joy as they met their daughter for the first time beside Eledge’s hospital bed.
Source: CBS News