WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Whitney Bliesner thought she would never get the chance to be a mother after she was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis.
- Bliesner and her husband considered adoption and surrogacy, however, they were too expensive for them.
- Bliesner’s fraternal twin, Jill Noe, offered to be a surrogate and is now pregnant with twins.
Getting to be a mother is one thing that a lot of women look forward to. It’s always heartbreaking to have that choice to have a baby taken from you.
Whitney Bliesner, 34, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder- neurofibromatosis type 2, which is characterized by noncancerous tumors growing in the nervous system. She had acoustic neuromas- brain tumors. The risk of her growing more tumors will follow her for the rest of her life.
Bliesner has gone through several surgeries over the years, which lead to her losing sight in one eye and hearing in one ear. Aside from that, hormonal changes increase the risk of tumor growth. Knowing that information, Bliesner said, “I couldn’t get pregnant.”
She and her husband were open to adoption or surrogacy, however, those options were too expensive. Bliesner thought she’d never be a mother.
That changed when Bliesner’s fraternal twin, Jill Noe, stepped up, volunteering to be her sister’s surrogate. Noe said that it’s a blessing to be able to help her sister in this way, having spent years not being able to do anything about Bliesner’s sickness.
Bliesner didn’t want to pass down her disorder, so she and her husband decided to use donor eggs along with his sperm.
Noe is now 30 weeks pregnant and is going to bless her sister with not just a baby, but twins- a boy and a girl. Bliesner and her husband have everything ready to welcome their babies, who are due in June.
Source: Inside Edition