A mother-of-eight is pregnant with her own grandchild after discovering her daughter was struggling with infertility.
Chalise Smith, 50, from Utah, offered to be a surrogate for her daughter Kaitlyn Munoz, 24, after she was told she could no longer have children due to a devastating auto-immune disease.
Kaitlyn, who lives in El Paso, Texas, was diagnosed in 2019 with disease that attacks healthy parts of her body called Sjogren’s Syndrome, and she also suffers from endometriosis -a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tube.
She was lucky enough to conceive her first born Callahan, now two, through IVF, before being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome.
Now, Chalise, who lives in Utah, is pregnant with IVF with Kaitlyn’s second child, a girl, who is due to be born in May.
Kaitlyn said: ‘In 2019, I was already struggling with infertility because of my endometriosis, and had been trying for three years to have children to no avail.;
The stay-at-home-mother and her husband Miguel, 30, a law graduate, decided to go ahead with an IVF round that resulted in four embryos.
‘I had two embryos implanted which resulted in my son Callahan being born,’ Kaityln explained.
‘The pregnancy was going really well, until I had a flare up at 30 weeks which lead to my diagnosis.
‘I was told by health professionals that it wouldn’t be safe to carry anymore children.
‘I was crushed, it’s always been my dream to have a big family, it’s been my dream to be a mother with lots of kids ever since I was a young girl.’