(iWIDK By Allie Beauregard) – A mother gave her daughter the gift of life.
After she had her uterus removed at 13 for health issues, Fernanda Medeiros, 34, asked her 51-year-old mother to act as a surrogate. On Monday in Goiânia, Brazil, Maria da Gloria, now a grandmother, gave birth to two healthy twin girls belonging to her daughter.
The babies, named Emmanuel and Julia, were delivered via C-section four weeks early.
In order to become pregnant, da Gloria was required to lose over 20 pounds and restart her menstrual cycle with the aid of strong hormones.
For years doctors had told Gloria it was unsafe for her health to attempt IVF, and Medeiros had been denied her adoption requests.
“It was so sad because I had always wanted to be a mother,” Medeiros told Daily Mail.
Finally, after six years of testing, doctors found safe methods to ensure the barren woman would have children by means of her own mother – 2 IVF attempts later and da Gloria was pregnant.
Says the new mom, “I couldn’t be happier.”