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Woman, 55, delivers grandchild in Wyoming County

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WARSAW, NY (WKBW) – It’s a cold 25-degree day with snow falling outside the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, but inside, a big, happy family.

New parents’ hearts are warm as they watch their newborn baby, who gave birth this morning and weighs 8 pounds 7 healthy ounces.

“We had a baby,” said Amanda Legasse.

“Well, we did it and we didn’t,” her husband Jeremy Legasse said.

“We’ve all had babies,” Amanda said.

Alfred Legasse joined the family shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning. His family say he’s a real Thanksgiving blessing.

After trying to get pregnant for over a year, the Legasses said they decided to resort to a surrogate mother. Amanda says she has underlying health issues and has considered asking a few friends if they would be her surrogate mother. Before she could, the first person to intervene was her 55-year-old mother.

“I told her of course she was too old,” said Legasse. “She didn’t like it. She wasn’t too old. We had made a few transfers that weren’t successful, and we finally had a successful transfer in March. “

Legasse’s mother carried the baby of her daughter, her grandson for nine months.

“It was very surreal. We were talking on the phone once a week and when he started moving it would be funny because she kept me on speakerphone and he started kicking when he heard my voice. I spent a lot of weekends at my mom’s house just talking to Freddy. It definitely brought us together, ”she said.

Dr. Farkad Balaya is the chair of the OBGYN department at Wyoming County Community Hospital. He has given birth to thousands of babies, but not in a unique situation like this.

“It was such a beautiful moment,” he said of the birth. “You can feel happiness throughout the operating room. Even our team was so excited with his delivery today, ”he said.

Dr Balaya says it is one of the proudest moments of his career.

“It’s like there are no words to explain what happened in OR today. Everything was so beautiful. The happiness of mother and grandmother – for what she has done throughout this pregnancy to give her daughter a baby that she could not normally have on her own, I think this is the greatest sacrifice we can make, ”he said.

Grandma is healthy and resting comfortably, and the new parents prepare to welcome Alfred, who already bears the nickname Freddy, into their home.

“A lot of things behind the scenes came to fruition today,” Jeremy said.

The Legassee say the only thing they learned in this process was to normalize fertility issues.

“I think it’s important to realize that it takes a long time and it’s a tough journey but you will get there,” Amanda said.

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