Alice Hohenhaus was diagnosed with ʟᴇᴜᴋᴇᴍɪᴀ when she was only 4 years old. After ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ, her ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ entered a state of remission, in which she remained for a long 8 years. Unfortunately, at 9 years into remission, the ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ resurfaced and Alice was forced to undergo whole-body ʀᴀᴅɪᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ. In addition to all the ᴘᴀɪɴ and fear that Alice experienced, another problem was added to them when the doctors said that the sᴄᴀʀ ᴛɪssᴜᴇ formed due to ʀᴀᴅɪᴀᴛɪᴏɴ made her future pregnancy very unlikely.
14 years later, to her surprise, Alice was able to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ, but unfortunately, she ʟᴏsᴛ her baby at 15 weeks pregnant. The doctors said that because of her condition, she would never be able to bear a child before it was born. And when it seemed to Alice that all hope of having children was ʟᴏsᴛ, the family came to her rescue.
46-year-old mother Alice Teresa Hohenhaus offered herself to her daughter as a surrogate mother. “Alice was ready for the ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏ, so I thought, why not?” Teresa said.
Alice was initially reluctant to accept the offer because she wasn’t sure Teresa would be able to bear a child at her age, but after exploring the possibilities, they concluded it was worth the ʀɪsᴋ.
“I almost lost Alice twice when she bled during pregnancy, so I decided to take her place. Making her happy and seeing that she is happy is definitely worth it,” Teresa said.
Teresa is a mother of four, so she certainly had the experience needed to carry a child.
Fortunately, Teresa became pregnant almost immediately.
“Before we knew for sure, I told Alice that I was pregnant because I felt very sick. And the next week, we found out that the result was positive. It was amazing, every visit to the doctor, every examination. We were together all the time and cried together too. It brought us very, very close,” Teresa said.
Despite the unusual circumstances, the family treated the birth as expected.
Throughout the pregnancy, Teresa treated the child as her own grandson. And finally, on June 2, a baby was born who was given the name Parker.
“I must admit it was the best experience of my life. I was very worried at the moment I handed over the child to Alice, worried about how she would treat the child, seeing how hard it was for me to do it. But we both went through it and will cherish and remember this moment until the day you ᴅɪ.ᴇ,” Teresa said.
Alice contacted Australian photographer Selena Rollason back in February to share her unusual family story with her.
Selena said, “It was so intriguing that I could not believe the reality of this story. After a telephone conversation with Alice, I was simply fascinated, it was something incredible. I am a mother myself, so it touched my heart.”
“The birth was so amazing and it was a great honor to witness it. I cried once or twice, I just can’t put into words the atmosphere that prevailed during the birth. Everything was electrified and filled with emotions of relief and absolute joy.”
And this story became even more incredible when it became known that, at the moment, Teresa and Alice are thinking about going through a surrogate pregnancy again.
“I would absolutely do it again. People are worried about me, but I am completely healthy, and it would be very nice to have a brother or sister for Parker. I will do anything for my children, and it is really worth every effort to see Alice so happy,” Teresa said.