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Surrogate mother gives birth to her own granddaughter

53-year-old Tracey Thompson gave birth to a healthy baby girl yesterday, seven years after going through menopause.

1N1tSW_xDHLDYxCDASTvaEXFFddtko65k1JOEdOJTcE Tracey Thompson (L) and her daughter Kelley McKissack. Source: Medical Centre of Plano

A 53-YEAR-OLD Texas woman has staked an early claim for Granny of the Year, after giving birth to a health baby girl, whom she carried as a surrogate for her daughter.

Kelley McKissack (28) and her husband Aaron McKissack (33), had been trying for three years to conceive a child.

The couple tried countless fertility treatments, and Kelley had three miscarriages, according to a statement by the Medical Centre of Plano.

After their last round of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), they were left with four embryos, and Kelley’s mother, Tracey Thompson, offered to help.

MOXmvHfap8RtVTNzpuWs5xiXDnbmhQQubMgXume3MqA Tracey Thompson (C) with her daughter Kelley McKissack (L) and son-in-law Aaron McKissack (R). Source: The Medical Centre of Plano

Despite having gone through menopause seven years prior, advanced assisted reproductive technology and “a series of carefully coordinated medical treatments” allowed Thompson to be implanted with one of Kelley’s embryos in April.

And yesterday, just after 3 pm (9pm Irish time), the 53-year-old woman gave birth to a six-pound, 11-ounce daughter and granddaughter – named Kelcey (a combination of Kelly and Tracey).

traceykelley Kelley McKerrick shows her newborn daughter Kelcey to her her mother Tracey Thompson. Source: The Medical Centre of Plano

“It’s such a blessing that I can do this for my daughter,” Thompson said afterwards.

Kelley described it as “the best gift…for a lifetime.”

Advanced age typically rules out pregnancy and surrogacy, but Thompson was considered for the procedure due to her “excellent health.”

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