A newborn baby became his own uncle after being birthed by his maternal grandmother in a Maine hospital two weeks ago.
Madden Hebert's mom, Angel, has a heart condition that precludes her from getting pregnant, so her mother, Linda Sirois, stepped up to volunteer to be her daughter's surrogate.
"It was pretty disappointing and we were pretty upset about it," Herbert, 25, said of learning that she would be unable to carry the baby herself. "But we kind of had an idea that it was a possibility and, all along, my mother was saying, 'I'm here and I can carry for you.' I guess we didn't really take her seriously."
Herbert and her husband Brian called in the favor last summer, and the 49-year-old Sirois agreed without hesitation.
It wasn't smooth sailing, however: Many fertility clinics rejected Sirois over her advanced age. But once they found a place willing to perform the procedure, it only took one try.
Madden was born some nine months later by C-section at a hospital in Presque Isle.
"I couldn't have asked for a better mother," Hebert told the Bangor Daily News. "It's such a great and selfless gift she has given us. She brought her grandson into the world and we now have our beautiful baby boy."
A humble Sirois said she was happy to help. "I just saw it as I was babysitting for a few months," she told the Maine Sunday Telegram. "It was their child all along. It was just a room for rent."
[photo via KSEE]