Gift-giving is a frequent topic on this site, but few grandmothers will be able to match the gift that Kristine Casey gave to her grandson Finnean. By serving as his surrogate mother, she gave him the gift of life.
Kristine Casey is 61 years old. Finnean is the biological child of her daughter Sara Connell and her husband Bill, who have struggled with fertility issues. Some clinics would have barred Casey from surrogacy due to her age. She is ten years past menopause.
"If you give the uterus hormones, it will act like a young uterus," said a reproductive specialist quoted in the Chicago Tribune's coverage of the story. Most concerns about older women giving birth stem from the age of the egg. Since the egg came from Casey's daughter, that was not a concern. Casey did have to undergo numerous tests, including psychological evaluation, before being accepted as a surrogate. Casey's husband, also named Bill, at first had doubts but got on board.
This story about love that goes above and beyond seemed appropriate for Valentine's Day. If you're a grandmother, I bet you can't read this story without asking yourself: Would I do this for my family? I've asked myself, but I'm still not sure what my answer would be.