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Woman gives birth to her first child at 50 with husband, 61, after years of struggling to be parents

Woman gives birth to her first child at 50 with husband, 61, after years of struggling to be parents

"The last thing you want is to say, ‘I’m too old,’" the mother said. "You don’t want that to be the end of any dream. Follow your dreams all the way to the end."

Susie and Tony Troxler always dreamed of being parents. But after 13 years of marriage, theirs was still a family of only two.

At the age of 50 and 61, Susie and Tony finally tasted the joy of being parents all because of one question a doctor asked Susie during a regular, annual checkup. 

Susie had met Dr. Carolyn Harraway-Smith, Cone Health’s chief medical officer for women’s health, for the checkup, and "near the end of my appointment, Dr. Harraway-Smith asked, ‘Is there anything else,’” Susie said.

That question finally made Susie open up about wanting to be a mother, and she admitted how challenging it's been for her and her 61-year-old husband. Dr. Carolyn Harraway-Smith then spoke to Susie about in-vitro fertilization, an option that Susie never considered before.



 

"We're both very old-school, and when we grew up, nobody even talked about or discussed IVF [in-vitro fertilization]. It wasn't even a thing," Susie told Good Morning America. She and Tony eventually decided to try the IVF way of getting pregnant.

After two years of setbacks, the couple was left with only one embryo, which they considered as their last and final chance to have a baby. A few weeks later, the Troxlers had some good news to share as they found out Susie was pregnant.

"I don't even have words for it," Susie said.

"It was amazing and surreal," Tony added.



 

On September 29, Susie went in for her planned C-section, which was led by Dr. Harraway-Smith.

"It’s always a treat when I can manage a pregnancy and complete the delivery, but this was extra special," Dr. Harraway-Smith said, according to Cone Health. "As I was starting the c-section, Susie was humming a gospel song that I am very familiar with. I knew we were both in good hands."

The emotional rollercoaster ride that spanned over two years finally came to an end with their baby girl, Lily Antonia Troxler, finally being placed in their arms.

“We’re just honored to be the parents of somebody like her and have the chance to watch all of this unfold because medically this was impossible, but she’s here,” Susie said.



 

"We knew eventually we would have kids," Tony said. "We wouldn’t give up. We had that faith. We dreamed of her. We knew no matter how it was going to happen, that it was going to happen."

Their "miracle baby" is now back at home with them, and the parents can't wait to spend their first Thanksgiving with her. The "little warrior princess" is already smiling away and is showing her parents what a curious mind she has.

Source: Cone Health

"It’s hard to wrap our heads around – we’re no longer just husband and wife, we’re ‘mommy’ and ‘daddy,'" Susie said.

She now encourages other couples to talk their options out with their doctors and never think it's too late to become parents.

“After you do your homework, just go for it,” said Susie, who proudly became a mother at the age of 50. "You never know what life will unfold for you. The last thing you want is to say, ‘I’m too old.’ You don’t want that to be the end of any dream. Follow your dreams all the way to the end."

Cover image source: Cone Health

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