Posted at: 05/12/2013 9:19 PM
Updated at: 05/13/2013 8:00 AM
(ABC 6 News)-- Moms often say, they would do anything for their children. But one local mom is really living out those words.
Six years ago, Ashley Larkin of Ventura, Iowa was told she couldn’t carry a child.
"It was kind of heartbreaking, devastating,” said Larkin.
The reason was pulmonary hypertension, a medical condition she’s dealt with since she was a child.
"I've dealt with medical stuff all my life so it wasn't the end of the world. We just were looking at other options,” said Larkin.
She and her husband considered adoption and then her mom, Susie Kozisek, stepped in, offering to carry a child for her.
"It just broke my heart when they were newly married and knew that they couldn't do this on their own. And I love being a mom and I knew she'd be a great mom or they'd be great parents and I just thought it'd be pretty selfish if I could do it and I didn't,” said Kozisek.
"We were pretty hesitant. We were like you're almost 50, I don't think so! But the more we talked about it and the doctors said she was okay. We just decided, we'll give it a shot,” said Larkin.
Doctors okayed it and after 9 months of testing and operations at age 49, Susie was pregnant. In June 2011, Harper was born.
"She's such a miracle. It’s such a blessing that we can have our own child,” said Larkin.
Now, almost two, Harper is getting ready for not one, but two siblings. At age 52, Susie is pregnant with Ashley’s twins.
“It took me a few days, before I thought about it being twins,” said Kozisek.
"She said, I'm not getting younger so if you wanna do it, we better get on it,” said Larkin.
Susie’s health is good and her pregnancy isn’t much different than when she was pregnant with her own kids.
"I don't feel any different than when I was younger my 20s and 30s I get a little more tired and I can't complain,” said Kozisek.
That fatigue well worth the opportunity to provide her daughter with a family.
"I'm just really grateful that I could and that it worked,” said Kozisek.
Both Larkin and Kozisek receive their care at Mayo Clinic. The twins are expected to be here in July.