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Grandmother, 61, gives birth to daughter's baby

By Leo Reyes     Feb 15, 2011 in Health
A 61-year-old grandmother who had gone through menopause 10 years earlier has given birth to her daughter's baby, her first grandchild. The child was born last week at Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago.
For Kristine Casey, 61, it meant giving the gift of motherhood to her infertile daughter by carrying and giving birth to her own grandson.
The baby was conceived through an in-vitro fertilization method where her daughter's egg and her husband's sperm were use in the procedure. Her daughter, 36-year-old Sara Connell had been unable to carry pregnancy.
"The idea of having a family member being open to doing this for us was so extraordinary for us," Sara Connell told the Tribune.
Casey, who is retired, told the Tribune that giving birth to her own three daughters were three of the happiest days in her life and she believed serving as a surrogate to her daughter was a spiritual calling. She had kidney complications after the birth that were quickly resolved.
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process by which egg cells are fertilised by sperm outside the body, in vitro. IVF is a major treatment in infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed.
The process involves hormonally controlling the ovulatory process, removing ova (eggs) from the woman's ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a fluid medium
The fertilised egg (zygote) is then transferred to the patient's uterus with the intent to establish a successful pregnancy.
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