Grandmother agrees to be surrogate for her own grandchild

Often grandparents share the burden of child-rearing, but one family has taken that a big step further.

A very generous 49-year-old mum wants to help her 31-year-old daughter have a baby, and has agreed to be a surrogate for her grandchild-to-be.

Sherrie Zammit gave daughter Chloe the gift of life – now, history is about to repeat itself for the next generation.   

“My days, I thought, were done and dusted with pregnancies, and never did I expect to be carrying my grandchild, but I’m really excited,” Sherrie said.

Sherrie Zammit gave daughter Chloe the gift of life – now, history is about to repeat itself for the next generation. Source: 7 News
“My days, I thought, were done and dusted with pregnancies,” Sherrie Zammit said. Source: 7 News

Chloe underwent a hysterectomy a decade ago after a cancer diagnosis following the birth of her son Isaac. 

Unable to carry another baby but desperate to have a child with fiancé Dimitri, Chloe has turned to the woman closest to her.

“It was amazing – I think our bond of mother and daughter got really close,” Chloe said of the moment her mum agreed.

Chloe said the bond with her mother was stronger than ever. Source: 7 News

“We’re using Chloe’s eggs, my sperm – and my mother in law is just the oven,” fiancé Dimitri Pixomatis said.

The family has factored in all medical costs involved, including IVF, but they’ve since hit a road block.

Unforeseen fees for legal work and transferring names on the birth certificate have put the next stage of the process out of reach.

Chloe and her fiancé Dimitri. Source: 7 News

“We know that from a combination of medical, legal and scientific processes that surrogacy is expensive,” Genea IVF medical director Mark Bowman said.

Non-commercial surrogacy in Australia can cost up to $100,000. For more on Chloe’s story and how to help, click  here.