Nebraska woman Melissa Kayser had to brave the heartbreak of nine miscarriages plus a failed in vitro fertilisation attempt.
Her sister, Lisa Auton, watched her go through the devastating ordeal.
“I watched her go through loss after loss and she would send me a text saying, ‘Another miscarriage’ ” she told People Magazine. “It was devastating to hear her talking about it, because she has wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember.”
Melissa and her husband, Court Kayser, finally decided surrogacy was their best option to start a family.
Lisa’s involvement initially begun as a lighthearted joke.
“I told her, ‘You can use my uterus!’ ” Lisa recalls. “And we laughed and joked about it. But then I was like, ‘Wait, you can actually use my uterus.’ ”
In August 2016, Lisa underwent an embryo transplant procedure, with doctors implanting two embryos because one was poor quality.
To both women’s joy, a pregnancy test six days later showed a positive result. And it was twins. On March 26 this year, Lisa gave birth to girls Ashlynn and Tierney
“I am so incredibly grateful for what Lisa did,” Melissa recounts.
“She gave up a year of her life to help us become a family and that is something I could never repay. We have two beautiful little girls, all because of my incredible sister.”