She would never have imagined that at that age she would be pregnant again, let alone with twins.
Sue Fisher was like our dear Susanita; she wanted a handsome boyfriend, to get married, have children, and be happy, so at the age of 16, she got married, and taking advantage of her youth, she had Clive and Claire, two precious children, who made her a grandmother at 36 years old. But on her 46th birthday, the fairy tale ended because Sue got divorced.
So this incurable “Susanita” had an idea. She wanted to be a surrogate mother so that other people could start a family, but since she was already in the ᴍᴇɴᴏᴘᴀᴜsᴀʟ stage, she might not be able to carry out her plan.
“I always thought surrogate motherhood was a beautiful gesture, and it was an idea that appealed to me, so now that I was divorced and my children were grown, she thought it was the perfect time.” Sue explains that surrogate motherhood, or surrogacy, is when a woman lends her ᴡᴏᴍʙ so that another woman or couple can have a baby. So she approached a foundation to volunteer.
Although the foundation thought it was a great idea, later on they suggested looking for a clinic that could take care of the surrogate motherhood process, because due to her age her eggs could not be ᴀʀᴛɪꜰɪᴄɪᴀʟʟʏ ɪɴsᴇᴍɪɴᴀᴛᴇᴅ but would have to ɪᴍᴘʟᴀɴᴛ an ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏ from another ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴢᴇᴅ ᴇɢɢ in her ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs.
“At the time, I thought maybe it wasn’t a good idea, and that scared me a little bit,” says Sue. “To me, it was a great plan, but thinking back, I was an older candidate,” she added.
So our Susanita saw her fairy tale further and further away, until one day, at a social gathering of the surrogate motherhood group to which she belonged, she met a boy named Gary, who told her that he and his boyfriend wanted desperately to have a baby. “At that moment, the light bulb went on in my head,” says Susan.
“I contacted the clinic and told them that I was willing to carry the baby of these boys,” commented Sue, who was very excited. “Although in these cases the data is anonymous, Gary and his boyfriend found out that I was the volunteer, and we all cried with happiness.”
The couple met for three months, deciding how things would be before, during, and after the birth. Sue approved of the ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇᴅᴜʀᴇs that would be performed on her as their friendship deepened, and the three of them agreed to keep in touch after the delivery.
But then, the ɪᴍᴘʟᴀɴᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ of the ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏ did not come to a successful conclusion, which was sad news for everyone, so months later they decided to try again in August 2013, implanting two ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs this time. Two weeks later, she told Sue that she had some sʏᴍᴘᴛᴏᴍs that she already knew – she was finally pregnant!
When Sue felt the heartburn that reminded her of her teenage pregnancies, the sadness of the first failure turned into happiness, and everyone was happy again, just like in a fairy tale, when Sue went for a checkup. At 6 weeks, she couldn’t believe her eyes – an ultrasound showed she was expecting two babies.
“Andy and Gary were so excited; two beautiful, healthy babies were on the way,” recalls Sue. “Of my three pregnancies, this was the easiest,” said the mother and grandmother, smiling.
In March 2014, at just 33 weeks pregnant, twins Marnie and Dexter came into the world, and as they agreed at the beginning, Sue keeps in touch with the couple and the girls, and sometimes even goes on vacation with them.
Sue lives in England and is the oldest surrogate mother case ever recorded. “Everything has been wonderful; I’m happy I took the ʀɪsᴋ,” concludes Sue.