Gran, 61, gives birth to her own granddaughter
A 61-year-old woman has given birth to her own granddaughter - after carrying the baby for her son and his husband.
Matthew Eledge, 32, and Elliot Dougherty, 29, recently welcomed daughter Uma Louise Dougherty-Eledge thanks to the kind help of Matthew's mum, Cecile Eledge.
Cecile said she had "no hesitation" in offering to be their surrogate when they revealed they wanted to start a family.
However, before it could happen, there was a lengthy process to determine whether she was fit to carry a baby due to her age.
Once doctors gave the go-ahead, the US-based couple used an egg donated by Elliot's sister, Lea Yribe - while Matthew donated the sperm.
"There was no moment of hesitation," Cecile said in a statement by Nebraska Medicine Center. "It was natural instinct."
The pair are now settling into life as parents, revealing they're filled with "happiness and gratitude" for the gift they've been given.
"We are thankful with how the whole process worked," he said in the hospital issued statement.
"We are really grateful that both Uma and her grandma are here, happy and healthy. For the time being, we're just going to relax and enjoy this moment."
Uma's arrival on March 25, weighing 2.6kg was captured by photographer Ariel Panowicz, who shared some touching images of the birth.
"Carried and birthed by her 61 year old Grandmother, and created by her two Dads and loving Aunt, Uma is surrounded by an immense amount of love," she wrote.
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Well, holy smokes, y'all. Little tiny Uma Louise has ventured into this world and let me tell you, she is simply perfect. Carried and birthed by her 61 year old Grandmother, and created by her two Dads and loving Aunt, Uma is surrounded by an immense amount of love. Being a part of today was amazing. Cele, you are a warrior. @matt_eledge + @ephemeral.elliot, you're already the best Dads. Can't wait to watch you all grow. ♥️ P.S., EVERYONE TAG @theellenshow. Y’all know she’d love this.
Her doting parents have also been sharing a stream of adorable images of their baby, who will one day hear the incredible story of how she arrived.
The doctor who delivered Uma, Ramzy Nakad, noted that this birth was "definitely a very exceptional case."
Social media has been set alight with love and support for the family, with people branding the family "incredible".
"Frickin amazing," one person wrote on Instagram.
While another said: "How beautiful and incredible is this story and birth. What a superstar!!!!! The most precious and selfless gift anyone could ever give!"
According to IVF Australia, strict surrogacy laws would prevent a case like this happening here, as there can be no genetic link to the child.