The Touching Story Of Grandmother Gives Birth To Give Her Daughter A Baby
Imagine being able to help your daughter become a Mother, to give her the gift of life.
Theresa Hohenhaus has done just that by carrying her grandson for her daughter. Alice Hohenhaus ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇᴅ ʟᴇᴜᴋᴀᴇᴍɪᴀ as a young child. The ɢʀᴜᴇʟʟɪɴɢ ʀᴀᴅɪᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ ʟᴇFᴛ ʜᴇʀ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢɪɴɢ sᴄᴀʀ ᴛɪssᴜᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴜɴᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛᴏ Fᴀʟʟ pregnant naturally.
At the age of 20, Alice started her first round of I.V.F ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ ᴅᴏɴᴏʀ. At the age of 23 she fell pregnant, ᴜɴFᴏʀᴛᴜɴᴀᴛᴇʟʏ ʟᴏsɪɴɢ the baby at 15 weeks. Suffering a ᴍᴀᴊᴏʀ ʜᴀᴇᴍᴏʀʀʜᴀɢᴇ ᴀFᴛᴇʀ ʟᴏsɪɴɢ her baby, she found out her ᴡᴏʀsᴛ ɴɪɢʜᴛᴍᴀʀᴇ; she could never carry a baby herself. She would be putting her own life at ʀɪsᴋ ʙʏ ʜᴀᴠɪɴɢ ᴀ ʙᴀʙʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀs ᴀᴅᴠɪsᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴜsᴇ ᴀ sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ.
That’s when Mum Theresa stepped in. Already having 5 of her own and fostering up to 50 children, Theresa knew it was the right thing to do. At first, Alice said ‘no, you can’t’ but her Mum insisted so they decided to try. Theresa knew she was pregnant straight away, having a kind of instant ᴍᴏʀɴɪɴɢ sɪᴄᴋɴᴇss, something she experienced with 5 of her own pregnancies.
Alice was in remission at the age of 8 and Doctors ᴘᴇʀFᴏʀᴍᴇᴅ ᴛᴇsᴛs to see if Mum or Dad, Craig were a ʙᴏɴᴇ ᴍᴀʀʀᴏᴡ ᴍᴀᴛᴄʜ. Unfortunately they were not but Doctors suggested having another child to be a ʙᴏʀʀᴏᴡ ᴍᴀʀʀᴏᴡ ᴅᴏɴᴏʀ ɪɴ ᴄᴀsᴇ Aʟɪᴄᴇ ʀᴇʟᴀᴘsᴇᴅ. James, now 20, sᴀᴠᴇᴅ his sisters life 2 years later by being a ᴅᴏɴᴏʀ.
During the pregnancy, Alice went to every single appointment and scan with her Mother. She wished it could be her but experiencing the pregnancy the best she could through her Mum, was the only was to have a child of her own.
Theresa was induced 2 weeks early at Ipswich hospital, 45 minutes away from Brisbane. Born on Thursday, June 2 at 5:30pm, Parker is absolutely everything Alice wanted; he is perfect.
Alice has one more Fʀᴏᴢᴇɴ ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏ and Theresa has already offered to carry Parker’s sibling, when the time is right.