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

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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?


Image via Micah Sittig/Flickr

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ktobin2 ktobin2

I'm glad she is a mother now and that the baby is healthy but women need to realize the risks they're taking when they decide to have babies at an old age. Down syndrome is very usual in babies that were born to older moms.

nonmember avatar Kristi

Down syndrome is genetic ktobin2 please re-read what you wrote and insert facepalm as needed....
Very inspiring story!

ashjo85 ashjo85

It is when you're using your own eggs. Sounds like this was an already fertilized embryo of a younger woman. Good for her! Congrats to the family.

katyq katyq

That is pretty cool science though the odds were the same as they would be for just about any woman undergoing ivf.

ktobin2 ktobin2

I never said old age causes down syndrom, just that it's more prevelant in children with older moms. Obviously that' no the only case. And please don't be rude and tell me to "facepalm" myself, let's have a mature discussion and some class. Thank you.

Bryce... Brycesmommy21

ktobin1 I think what Kristie is trying to explain to you in that was not her egg, it was that of another women. Which then means although this lady carried the baby there is no sort of genetics that are related. Therefor your statement of her being an older mom would make it irrelevant.

Bloom... Bloomie79

Actually a woman's chances of giving birth to a child with Down syndrome increase with age because older eggs have a greater risk of improper chromosome division. By age 35, a woman's risk of conceiving a child with Down syndrome is 1 in 400. By age 45, the risk is 1 in 35. Also having the genetic translocation is a risk factor. None of this has anything to do with this story.

prplecat prplecat

I really hope that when this baby is out of diapers,  Kelly adopts an older child that really needs a loving home.

ktobin2 ktobin2

Oh okay I get what you guys are saying now!

Brain... BrainyMommy

Mary, I'm surprised you haven't demanded to know the condition of the boy's penis given your obsession with the gentalia of male kids.

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