It is perhaps one of the greatest gifts a mother could give.
A woman in her 50s has given birth to her own grandchild after becoming a surrogate mother for her infertile daughter.
Emily was 29 when she discovered two years ago she had cervical cancer.
However, just as she was about to have a radical hysterectomy, Emily and husband Mike discovered she was pregnant.
Faced with saving her own life or their unborn child’s, the young couple made the excruciating decision to go forward with her surgery. It meant losing the baby, and forfeiting any chance at having their own children.
However, hope arrived in the form of mother Cindy, who offered to act as a surrogate for the couple.
Emily and Mike waited patiently in the maternity wing of a downtown Chicago hospital to realise their dream of becoming parents.
Just days after Emily’s 32nd birthday, baby Elle Cynthia Jordan was born.
New mother: Emily, who was left infertile after having a hysterectomy, feeding her newborn daughter Elle
‘This is what it was all about for me.’