45-Year-Old Woman Becomes a Mom Using 19-Year-Old Frozen Embryos

handAww! Don't you just love a story with a happy ending? After hearing about Kelly Burke's incredible journey to become a mom, I can't help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside. At 45 years old, Kelly was determined to have a baby, so she went out on a limb and adopted four embryos that had been frozen for 19 years.

Get this one -- there was only a 60 to 65 percent chance that the embryos would successfully implant. But amazingly, Kelly did become pregnant, and she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. She called him Liam James and also refers to him as her "little miracle."


Making Kelly's birth story even more unbelievable is the fact these were the second-oldest frozen embryos used that resulted in a live birth.

Wait -- it gets even better. When Kelly adopted the embryos that resulted in Liam coming into the world, she did it as an open adoption. And that means that she'll stay in contact with couple she adopted the embryos from -- and he will have a relationship with his biological siblings, 18-year-old twins, as he grows up. (Could this story get any more wonderful?)

OMG. I can't get over how inspiring this is, especially to "older" women who think they are running out of time to have a baby. Kelly must have known that there was a good chance that she'd never achieve her dream of becoming a mom, but she persevered and gave those embryos a shot -- and now look at that gorgeous little boy she has! Her story offers so much hope to other women in the same situation and serves as a reminder to never give up no matter how high the odds are stacked against you.

And since I'm one of those people who believes everything in life happens the way it's supposed to, not by mere coincidence -- I believe those embryos were waiting for Kelly because she was supposed to be Liam's mom. It may have taken 19 years for him to be born, but he definitely made his entrance into the world at the right moment.

Have you been struggling to conceive? Does what Kelly went through to be a mom give you hope?


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