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Welsh gran, 57, becomes oldest surrogate in UK

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 0 comments

Image: Pamela Butler, surrogate mum at 57

This six-month-old bundle of joy is the most wonderful gift Pamela Butler could have ever given her daughter.

His name is Josef and, while 57-year-old Pamela has entered the record books by giving birth to the blue-eyed boy, he will always know her as Gran.

She carried him in her own womb for her daughter and son-in-law Nichola and Mathew Pagett after her daughter discovered she was unable to carry a baby.

And this overwhelming gesture of love makes her the oldest known surrogate mum in Britain today.

Pamela, from Blackwood, said: I wanted to help Nichola more than anything – it was the greatest gift I could give her.

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by Alice Eve Cohen
--A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible

At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years.

After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Alice tells her fiancé that she's never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

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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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