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Grandma gives birth to her own grandchild

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 0 comments

Image: Cindy Reutzel holds her granddaughter Elle Cynthia Jordan Wednesday Sept. 5 after giving birth to her granddaughter on Thursday, Aug. 30 after acting as a surrogate for her own daughter Emily Jordan, who had undergone a radical hysterectomy. (Sitthixay Ditthavong/Associated Press)
Photo credit: Sitthixay Ditthavong/Associated Press
Faced with cervical cancer at a young age, Emily Jordan underwent a radical hysterectomy.

Doctors were able to save her ovaries. She thought she and her husband would never have their own children.

Jordan told the Associated Press that before the surgery, the doctor told her that she was pregnant. She was devastated.

Her mother, Cindy Reutzel, decided to step in, offering to be a surrogate so that her daughter and son-in-law could have a child.

Reutzel is in her early 50s and has remained in good health.

She says reactions have been positive and is adamant once the baby is born, she will be the grandmother.

Jordan says that her mother's offer is a continuation of everything she had done for her, in making sure she had the best life possible.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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