61-Year-Old Mom Carries Grandchild For Daughter Who Couldn't

Saturday, June 24, 2017 |

A mother's love knows no boundaries.

A 61-year-old mother carried her grandchild for her daughter who suffered heartbreaking infertility struggles.


Credit: Mary Rafferty / Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story


The family's journey has been told in Sara's memoir, Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story.


Credit: Mary Rafferty / Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story


After undergoing infertility treatment at the Reproductive Medicine Institute in Evanston, Sara became pregnant but delivered stillborn twins, and later suffered a miscarriage.

Sara's mother, Kristine Casey, who went through her own pregnancies without incident, was the hope the family needed.


Credit: Mary Rafferty / Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story


After discussing the risks and health concerns with their doctor, the family decided to go ahead with the surrogacy.

And after countless medical examinations, doctors concluded that Casey may suffer from fatigue, the main symptom caused by age, if they went ahead with the pregnancy.

Sara recalled: "My mother leaned far back in her chair and began to laugh. 'Tired!' she said. 'I was tired when I had no help and two children under five to run after every day. I'm retired now - I don't have to do anything. If fatigue is the big factor, I think I can handle it.' "


Credit: Mary Rafferty / Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story


Sara told the Chicago Tribune that she and her mother held hands as Finnean was delivered by cesarean section.

"When the baby let out a cry, I lost it," she said. "It's such a miracle."


Credit: Mary Rafferty / Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story


Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story is available on Amazon.

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