Mom Freezes Eggs for Sterile 2-Year-Old Daughter to Use

Which means her daughter would give birth to a sibling
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2011 6:23 PM CST
This undated photo released by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., shows a 400x microscope image of a 5-day-old embryo.   (AP Photo/University of Michigan, Gary Smith)

(Newser) – British mom Penny Jarvis is determined that her 2-year-old daughter—who was born without ovaries—will be able to have children of her own someday. So much so that Jarvis plans to freeze her own eggs so daughter Mackenzie can use them to get pregnant via IVF, the Daily Mail reports. "It’s a comfort to know that if she did have a child they would still have part of her own genetic make-up as well," Jarvis said. "So it would still be a part of her."

Her sentiments aside, medical ethicists would have a field day working over the implications: Mackenzie's child would also be her half-sibling, rendering all the baby's aunts and uncles half-brothers and -sisters as well. "You could look at it as her giving birth to her own brother or sister, but I choose not to see it like that," said Jarvis. "You do the best for your children and Mackenzie’s daughter or son would be her own."

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