5 Amazing Surrogacy Stories


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Jennifer Rutansky

In October 2005, a Florida woman became the first cancer patient to have a child through a surrogate using her own frozen eggs.

It all started back in 1997 when Jennifer Rutansky -- then 26, single and going through a second bout with Hodgkin's lymphoma -- froze 13 of her eggs before going through chemotherapy, which she knew could leave her sterile.

The eggs were later fertilized with her husband's sperm, and the couple chose to go the surrogate route because Jennifer's uterus had been damaged by radiation treatments. Jacob Evan Rutansky was born in October 2005 -- as it happened, just after his parents adopted a baby girl, Elizabeth. Sadly, though, Jennifer Rutansky succumbed to cancer in September 2010.