After marrying in 2013, Mandy Stephens and her husband Jamie couldn’t wait to get pregnant. But after having trouble conceiving, they opted for in vitro fertilization. Stephens became pregnant, but unfortunately lost the baby, which she named Theo. That’s when an unlikely surrogate stepped forward to help carry her baby: Mandy’s 51-year-old mother!
“Watching your child lose a child is the definition of sadness,” Mandy’s mom Sherri Dickson told ABC News. “I can’t describe it any other way. It breaks your heart.”
Doctors told Dickson there could be complications because of her age and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system. Then came a very surprising benefit for Dickson, whose MS was in remission: Becoming pregnant is known to keep the disease from returning.
By November of last year, Dickson was pregnant with her daughter and son-in-law’s baby. Their tiny miracle was born four weeks ago, and everyone is happy and healthy!
“Pregnancy was easy,” Dickson said. “I was very fortunate. I was playing tennis a week before I delivered, and working out with my trainer, but the delivery at 51 was way harder than the delivery at 33 with my last baby.”
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