At 17, Kayla Jones from Texarkana, Arkansas was told that she had a tumor in her uterus. "Doctors were able to save both of my ovaries, but they had to remove my uterus because there was no normal uterine tissue left. Doctors informed us the only way I could have biological children was to have a gestational surrogate.
When Jones, now 29, married her husband Cody Jones in 2012, she knew she would be needing a surrogate to bear her children in future— but luck wasn't on the couple's side when it came to finding the right surrogate.
"All of our options (for surrogates) had run out," Jones explained, and the wait for finding the perfect surrogate was replete with challenges like high cost and a long, emotionally debilitating wait.
In came Patty Resecker, Cody's mother who stepped in to become their surrogate.My mother-in-law always joked about being our surrogate. After a couple of our surrogate options did not work out, we started to take my mother-in-law more serious.After conducting some research work on the possibilities of the prospect, Kayla was convinced to go ahead with the decision. A series of tests were conducted to determine if Patty was capable of bearing their child and miraculously, she could.To help ensure a healthy pregnancy, Resecker, who was undergoing menopause at the time, received regular dosages of hormonal injections during the first trimester.
I've recently had the privilege of doing one of the most rewarding things: to carry my own grandchild for my son and daughter-in-law. This is something that has blessed not only me and my family but also Kayla's family. A child is a lifetime commitment and I knew there weren't two more deserving people than them. To see them with Kross and see the parents they're already becoming thrills my soul.
Seven months later on December 30 last year, Resecker gave birth to the couple's child baby Kross Allen Jones via C-section.