A 51-year-old woman with Multiple Sclerosis in North Dakota volunteered to act as a surrogate for her daughter, gave birth to her own granddaughter.
Sherri Dickson, 51, came forward to carry the child for her daughter Mandy Stephens and son-in-law Jamie, after her daughter went into premature labor and lost the baby. She made the decision despite her age and a diagnosis of MS.
AdvertisementBut Dickson's MS is in remission, and researchers believe becoming pregnant may keep it that way because of protective changes in the immune system.
Dickson underwent two attempts with in vitro fertilization. She became pregnant by November 2014. Her granddaughter was born four weeks ago.
"Pregnancy was easy. 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," said Dickson.
"It's indescribable. There are times I look at ... [the baby] and say, 'We did that, you know?' We gave her what she wants. Not that you ever make up for a baby you lost but you give someone that hope, you know?," said Dickson.