A Connecticut couple turned to a surrogate when they couldn’t have a baby on their own.
Crystal Kelley was thrilled when she was asked to carry the baby, and the husband and wife were happy too. They were finally going to have the child they’d been longing for.
But halfway thru the pregnancy, ultrasound showed the baby girl had severe heart defects, a brain abnormality and other medical problems.
The parents, heartbroken, asked Kelley to have an abortion. But she refused.
The parents pleaded with her. Genetically, this was their baby, she was just carrying her. They said they didn’t want to bring a baby into the world only for that child to suffer. And they offered her ten thousand dollars to have an abortion.
Kelley is a single mom with two kids, and she needed the money. She says in a weak moment she told them she’d do it for $15,000. The parents refused to pay that, and Kelley says she now regrets asking for the extra money, because she says deep down she knew she could not abort, no matter what.
The parents told her that if she had the baby, they would give her up and she’d become a ward of the state.
So Kelley made a bold decision. Without telling the parents, she secretly moved to Michigan with her kids.
Under Michigan law, she would be the baby’s mother.
Last June, she gave birth, and she found a family to adopt the little girl who is now eight months old.
Along with the cleft lip and palate and a misshapen ear, she has severe brain and heart problems. She’ll need several risky surgeries to survive.
But in many other ways she’s developed like other babies. She smiles, babbles and grabs for toys.
Kelley says despite the problems ahead, she feels the baby should be given a chance to overcome them, and that she feels that everything she did to bring this baby into the world was worth it.
As is usual, Kelley and the parents had a written, legal agreement before they proceeded, but apparently, they did not address this particular issue: what to do in a situation like this.