In an ultimate act of love, a mother has revealed how she acted as a surrogate for her son.
Anne-Marie Casson, 46, gave birth to a little boy, who is now eight months old, after she agreed to become a surrogate for her gay son, Kyle Casson. Anne-Marie was inseminated with a donor egg that had been fertilised by sperm from her son.
The procedure was conducted at a private IVF clinic, costing between £12,000 and £14,000.
Kyle is thought to be the first single man to have a child through surrogacy in the UK, and also the first to have his own mother act as a surrogate.
Anne-Marie told the Daily Mail: “When he first came to me and his dad, I thought ‘I could do it’. Some people, when they did find out, said ‘urgh’, but they don’t understand.
“He is not biologically tied to me, other than he’s my grandson. I love being a parent and for Kyle to experience that, I would do that for him.”
Kyle was refused help by several surrogacy agencies due to being a single man. Another female relative initially offered to act as Kyle’s surrogate, but found she was unable for medical reasons. This promoted his mum to suggest that she step in.
Explaining his decision, Kyle, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, said: “I understand that not everyone will agree with it, but they can have their opinions. I have a son and I am very happy.
“As long as people can provide a home, and they have the support, I don’t see why anyone should be denied the right to be a parent.
“Regardless of sexuality, gender, as long as you can provide for the child, I don’t see what the problem is. I paid for it myself, it’s not taxpayers’ money, I own my own home, I am going back to work.”
Kyle also spoke of his resolution to tell his son the truth about his conception and birth when the time is right, adding: “I am never going to lie to him. We will tell him at appropriate stages in his life, you have to be truthful, there is no other way. He will also know that he is very much wanted.”
A High Court decision has now been made to allow Mr Casson to adopt the baby and officially become his father. However, he will also remain his brother according to UK law.
Under the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, which governs surrogacy arrangements, the woman who carries the child is considered to be the legal mother, regardless of whether her own egg was used or not.
While it is not illegal for a single person to enter into a surrogacy arrangement, the law prevents them from applying for the necessary parental order that will allow them to legally raise the child within the UK.
However, in this case the judge ruled that the adoption was permissible because the baby and father are legally related as brothers.
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