Like every one in six couples, Kelley and Aaron McKissack had been battling infertility and trying for years to get pregnant. Three miscarriages and several failed IVF treatments later and the exhausted couple were beyond emotionally exhausted. That's when a guardian angel stepped in to save the day—Kelley's mom.
The couple still had four embryos left from previous fertility treatments and 54-year-old Tracey Thompson offered them the gift of a lifetime—to become their surrogate and carry their baby in her womb.
While carrying a baby at that age isn't common and is considered high risk, as long as the woman is in good health and closely monitored, doctors say it's safe.
The mother-daughter pair tells Today that Kelley called her mom every day throughout the pregnancy to make sure she was taking her vitamins and taking it easy.
"This was her way of being involved. Since I was carrying her baby, we were both overly cautious," shares Tracey.
And on January 6th, all their dreams came true when Tracey gave birth to a beautiful 6-pound, 11-ounce baby girl named Kelcey after both her grandmother and great-grandmother.
Kelley tells CNN, "My lovely mom offered to give me to greatest gift I could ever have in my life."
Tracey, meanwhile, says the pleasure was all hers. "It meant the world to me to be able to give my daughter and her husband their future, their family. That's not something you can buy."
The family are now sharing their story in hopes to raise awareness about surrogacy.