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Mother ‘Blessing’ Her Daughter By Serving As Surrogate For Her Twin Babies

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ILLINOIS (ABC NEWS)- Micaela Johnson says she and her mother, Sheila Gump, already function more like best friends than mother and daughter, but the two will soon share an even stronger bond.

Gump is set to deliver Johnson’s twins — her grandchildren — as her surrogate this summer. It’s a gift Johnson says no one else could give her.

“She’s my best friend, who else would do it?” Johnson, 26, said in an interview with ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” “She knows that I always wanted more kids. We wanted a family and my son, Aden, wants to be a big brother so bad, so she just knew. She would do anything for me.

“It was a blessing,” she added.

Just a few days before her 24th birthday in 2015, Johnson said was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer that eventually rendered her infertile.

 

Treatment for the aggressive cancer included chemotherapy and a hysterectomy, meaning she and her husband, Brandon, would have to freeze their embryos and conceive through in vitro fertilization if they wanted to have more children, Johnson said.

She said her mother, who had her at age 16, was the first person to come to mind when it came time to look for a surrogate.

“We wanted a second child and were were trying when we found out that I had cancer,” Johnson said. “And before we even knew what the treatment plan was, my mom said ‘‘worst case scenario, if you lose your fertility, I will do it for you if the doctors say I can.’”

Gump, 43, said she was more than happy to give her daughter the gift of life.

“I just knew I was going to do it from the beginning, so there really wasn’t an ask for her to do it,” Gump told “GMA.” “As a mother, you want to see your child happy and with everything in life that you can give them.

“This is one thing that I could give her that she couldn’t do for herself because it was taken away from her,” she added.

Johnson’s twins, a boy and a girl, were conceived through in vitro fertilization last year.
The family said they kept the nontraditional pregnancy quiet until Grump was about 20 weeks along.

“It was hard for everyone,” Johnson said. “Nineteen weeks is when we kind of put it out there on social media. The only people that had knew before then was my close friends and only a few of her close friends. We hadn’t even really told much of our family.

 

Now, just a few weeks away from their July due date, Johnson said she is focusing her energy her new nonprofit company, which aims to help women with rare forms of cervical cancer.



Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at dhankey@woaynewswatch.com


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