When Kayla Jones was only 17 years old, she received devastating news: She would never be able to carry a child.
The now 29-year-old woman from Texarkana, Arkansas, developed a benign tumor in her uterus as a teen. It was successfully removed with a partial hysterectomy. Kayla told Love What Matters that the procedure left her capable of conceiving a child that is biologically hers, but unable to carry a pregnancy to term.
“When you’re 17, it doesn’t hit you as much that you can’t have children,” she told InsideEdition.com. “You’ve got prom and dates[…] what kind of cars people are driving, you know, that kind of teenager stuff. Then you fall in love and get married and say, ‘OK, I’m ready to start a family,’ and it all comes back around and hits you again.”
After marrying her husband, Cody, and deciding to start a family of their own, Kayla ran into setbacks while exploring surrogacy and adoption. Seeing their disappointment, Cody’s mom, Patty Resecker, made an amazing offer: She would be their surrogate.
Having carried three children with no pregnancy complications, it seemed like a “no-brainer” for Patty to be the surrogate for her own grandchild. Even though the 50-year-old was in menopause, doctors were able to give Patty hormone injections for the first trimester so that she and the baby would be healthy.
Patty successfully became pregnant with her son and his wife’s baby through in vitro fertilization on the second try, after the first embryo transfer failed in March 2017. Kayla, Cody, and Patty learned the exciting news in May 2017, and a few months later, all three decided to pose together for beautiful maternity photos.
Baby Kross Allen Jones was born via C-section on December 30, 2017, and every member of the family is healthy and thrilled with their new addition.
“Mother-in-laws tend to overstep, but Patty is definitely not like that,” Kayla explained to InsideEdition.com. “She’s been so great, making me feel like he’s mine, even though I didn’t give birth to him.”
“It’s their baby; I was just the valet,” the proud grandma joked.
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Photo: Helms Photography
[H/T: Love What Matters]
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