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OMAHA, Neb. — A 61-year-old woman has given birth after serving as a surrogate for her son, so he could have a child with his “husband.”
According to reports, Matthew Eledge, 32, and Elliot Dougherty, 29, had talked about in vitro fertilization (IVF) as an option, and when Elege’s mother, Cecile Eledge, then 59, offered to be the surrogate, they laughed at first.
“I told her, ‘Mom, you’re postmenopausal. … You can’t do that. Right?’” Eledge told NBC News.
“I thought if I could do it, I would do it,” his mother told BuzzFeed. “It was kind of a no-brainer.”
The elder Eledge went through a series to tests to see if she would be capable of carrying the child, including a stress test and Pap smear, and underwent estrogen treatments after being confirmed.
Dougherty’s sister, Lea Yribe, now 26, donated eggs for the IVF and the eggs were fertilized with Matthew Eledge’s sperm. The first implantation in Eledge’s mother — one of three fertilized eggs that was thought to be among the most viable — was successful and she carried the child for nearly eight months.
“When we were sitting in the [fertility] clinic with the two boys, and they’d call out ‘Eledge’ and all four of us got up to go,” Kirk Eledge, Cecile’s 66-year-old husband, told BuzzFeed. The others waiting “would just stare, trying to figure out the dynamic of this whole thing.”
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