Last December, TV host Sally Obermeder and her husband Marcus welcomed their second baby girl into the world.
Elyssa Rose was born in the US, via a surrogate named Rachel. Now, thanks to Sunday Night, we’ve been given an intimate glimpse into the moment the two women and their families finally met the baby they’d been waiting for.
Sally, host of The Daily Edition, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer while she was pregnant in October 2011.
Little Annabelle was delivered before her mum underwent 16 rounds of chemotherapy.
Eventually, after Sally went into remission and began to recover, she and Marcus began thinking about giving Annabelle a sibling — she had been conceived via IVF and they still had some embryos.
A doctor warned them that carrying another baby could stimulate the return of Sally’s cancer, so the couple chose to seek out a surrogate mother.
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They found Rachel, a Wisconsin-based paediatric nurse and mother of three who had been a surrogate once before. Because her own pregnancies had all been so straightforward, Rachel wanted to offer her help to a couple in need.