All in the family

Woman, 54, gives birth to her own granddaughter

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In what doctors described as a “labor of love,” a 54-year-old woman gave birth to her own granddaughter this week. On Wednesday, just after 3 p.m., Tracey Thompson gave birth to healthy 6-pound, 11-ounce baby girl. The feat of modern medicine — Thompson is seven years past menopause — was an assist to her 28-year-old daughter, Kelley, and her 33-year-old husband Aaron. For years, the couple has struggled with fertility challenges, and their last pregnancy ended in a miscarriage in December 2014. Tracey offered to be their surrogate and use one of the four remaining embryos the couple still had from fertility treatments. “It is such a blessing that I can do this for my daughter,” Thompson said. But it sure wasn’t easy. She underwent a series of “carefully planned” treatments including hormone therapy to allow her body to be able to carry a pregnancy to term. “She’s a special kind of woman,” Kelley said. “It takes a special woman to do that. She’s strong. I don’t think many people could do what she did with all she had to go through to get there. She makes it sound easier than it was, I think.” And in a fittingly poignant act, Kelley and Aaron named the baby girl Kelcey — a combination of Tracey and Kelley.

Read the full story at NBC New York and The Medical Center of Plano.

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