61-Year-Old Gives Birth ... to Own Grandson

She volunteers to help her daughter and son-in-law have a child
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2011 2:24 PM CST
61-Year-Old Gives Birth ... to Own Grandson
A 61-year-old woman in Illinois has given birth to her own grandson, with help from IVF.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – It seems at first blush like a crazy tabloid story: A 61-year-old woman gives birth in Chicago, and the baby is her own grandson. Not only is it true, it's actually a nice tale, as the Chicago Tribune explains. Kristen Casey, believed to be the oldest woman in Illinois to give birth, came up with the idea to help her daughter and son-in-law have a child. "I thought, 'Wow, three of the happiest days of my life were giving birth to my daughters,' and I thought I could choose to do this for someone I love."

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Family members were skeptical at first, but came around when doctors gave Casey medical clearance. "What made the difference for me was when Kris said it was a calling from deep within herself," said her husband, Bill. She carried to term the embryo created by her daughter and son-in-law, and little Finnean Lee Connell arrived safely last week. "I lost it," said Casey's daughter, Sara Connell, who was the first to hold him. "It's such a miracle." (Read more in vitro fertilization stories.)

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