Woman who wasn’t warned that pregnancy after having bladder surgery would KILL her is now set to welcome a baby girl after her sister agreed to be her surrogate
- Rebekah Bragdon Adamson, 34, from Florida, had her bladder removed aged 20
- She later discovered that the surgery had left her unable to survive a pregnancy
- Her sister Brianna Bragdon, 28, from Maine, has agreed to be her surrogate
A selfless sister is seven months pregnant with her older siblings baby after discovering that pregnancy could be fatal for her sister and her unborn child.
Rebekah Bragdon Adamson, 34, who lives in Florida, was left heartbroken when she discovered that surgery she had 14 years ago had left her unable to survive a pregnancy.
The baby’s biological mother Rebekha, had surgery to remove her bladder aged 20 after suffering with Interstitial Cystitis, which causes long-term bladder problems.
She didn’t realise it had left her unable to carry a baby until January 2019 – after she’d married chief information officer husband, Bobby, 38.
Brianna Bragdon, 28, from Maine, agreed to be a surrogate for her sister Rebekah Bragdon Adamson, 34, who lives in Florida, because pregnancy could be fatal for her. Pictured: Pregnant Brianna and her son Jack
Rebekah who had surgery to remove her bladder aged 20, was told by medics that there was a 90 per cent chance that pregnancy would kill her. Pictured: Bobby, Rebekah and Brianna
Having spent a year trying to start a family, medics told a devastated Rebekah there was a 90 per cent chance that pregnancy would kill her.
The financial analyst’s younger sister, Brianna Bragdon, 28, from Maine, kindly stepped up and offered to act as the couple’s surrogate.
Rebekah said: ‘I cried for three days when I found out I couldn’t have a baby.
‘Nobody told me when I had the surgery that I wouldn’t be able to have children.
‘I can get pregnant, I just wouldn’t make it through because the baby would be pressing against the bladder and the chance of infections would give us a very low chance of making it through.
‘The idea of a stranger carrying the baby was scary, but my sister has a three-year-old son and doesn’t want any more children.
‘Her pregnancy was smooth, so we mentioned to her that she would have been the perfect person because the baby would be carried by family.
‘We didn’t think it would actually ever happen, then she said she would think about it and make sure it was right for her.
Brianna told Rebekah that she had strong feelings that she wanted to be the one to carry the baby. Pictured: The sisters when they were young
Bobby has two children from a previous marriage, Annabelle, eight, and Alistair, six. Pictured: The couple with Annabelle and Alistair
Brianna who is mother to three-year-old Jack, said it took her a few months to make a decision to be her sister’s surrogate. Pictured: Annabelle, Rebekah, Alistair, Jack and Brianna
‘We knew it was a lot to ask, but she came back and said she had strong feelings that she wanted to be the one to carry the baby.’
Brianna who is mother to three-year-old Jack, said she was delighted to help her sister and the whole family are looking forward to meeting the baby girl at the end of August, including Bobby’s two children from a previous marriage, Annabelle, eight, and Alistair, six.
Training to become an ultrasound technician, Brianna said: ‘I had a very easy pregnancy with my son, and I love my sister and would do anything for her.
‘I knew I wanted to do it. I just had to pray on it for a bit, so it took me a couple of months to make the decision.’
Rebekah added: ‘I always wanted children.
‘I got very lucky by marrying a man who already has two children, so we have kids around, but I wanted to complete our family with one of our children.
Rebekah said if there’s any complications, she doesn’t want to put Brianna in harms way because she’s her younger sister. Pictured: Rebekah, Alistair, Brianna, Jack and Annabelle
Rebekah who is appreciative of Brianna, admits she can’t imagine her life without her. Pictured: Brianna, Jack, Terry, Annabelle, Rebekah, Bobby and Alistair
‘We are excited but it’s also very scary, especially putting my sister through a pregnancy.
‘Women go through pregnancy to have a child, my sister is doing this to get a niece at the end.
‘If there are any complications, I don’t want to put her in harm’s way because she’s my little sister.
‘She’s a beautiful pregnant woman.
‘We tell her all the time that it’s extremely amazing that she’s willing to do this for us and bringing her niece into the world.
‘We’re so appreciative of her and I can’t imagine my life without her.’
Rebekah, Bobby and Brianna (pictured, with Jack) have begun teaching the children about the concept of surrogacy
Brianna said Jack is young enough not to think that there’s anything unusual about the situation. Pictured: Rebekah and Briana when they were young
The trio have been teaching their young children about the concept of surrogacy with books and Rebekah believes her nephew will have a very close relationship with his cousin.
Rebekah said: ‘She’s in her second trimester now and when we planned this Covid 19 wasn’t happening so we thought her little boy would be at school but now she’s looking after an active three year old full time as well as being pregnant.’
Brianna added: ‘Jack is young enough to not think that there isn’t anything weird about it so he’s the perfect age.
‘I’m excited for my sister and excited to not be pregnant anymore.
‘I’ll be a big part of my niece’s life. I can’t wait to meet her.’
Rebekah revealed Brianna is having to look after her active three-year-old while pregnant, because of the ongoing pandemic. Pictured: Rebekah, Brianna and Jack
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