A woman from Whittier, California volunteered to become the surrogate of her sister with cancer. Morgan Williams stepped up to help her younger sibling, Maggie Paxton, when doctors told the latter she could become sick again if she were to get pregnant. Now, they are awaiting the arrival of twins.
According to ABC7, Paxton was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer in 2015. She has been doing great in remission so, together with her husband, Danny Paxton, they sought advice from doctors about having a baby.
Unfortunately, doctors told Paxton getting pregnant was not a good idea for fear that it will only make her cancer return. So, Williams agreed to be the surrogate for her younger sis.
"She's giving me and my husband a gift that we will never be able to repay her for and that's been like a struggle for me," Paxton said of her older sister. Williams said, on the other hand, she didn't want Paxton to have problems with finding a surrogate when she should be focusing on getting healthier, so she volunteered.
"I'm ready to see her be a mom," Williams told the news outlet. "I'm ready to see her hold her baby," she added. The sisters were born 13 months apart.
Whittier Daily News reports Paxton had her eggs retrieved before she underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. In June 2016, fertility doctors were able to create two embryos with her eggs and the husband's sperm, which Williams now carries. The babies, who are due to be born this week, will be named Emery Layne and Deeanna Nicole.
Williams, a single mom with a 9-year-old daughter, said she's not worried about postpartum depression knowing the babies won't be coming home with her. "I don't think I'm going to have that big of an issue because I'm going to see them and I'm going to be pumping and they need their milk," Williams said.
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