SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Imagine watching your sister give birth to your own child. That was the case for a Sioux Falls woman who, after cancer, was unable to carry her own child.
Bryson Duane was born last week at six pounds 14 ounces.
"It's wonderful. It's my first child. So, it's a really great feeling," Marcus Goetz said.
While Marcus is the typical excited first-time father, the path to becoming a dad was anything but typical.
"There were times where it was awkward seeing my sister-in-law pregnant with my child," Marcus said.
You see, Marcus and his wife Angela can't have children. Angela is a breast cancer survivor and her treatment included having a hysterectomy, leaving her unable to have children.
"I was pretty upset. Lindsey is driving me back from our hometown, and she's like, 'Don't worry about it. We'll figure it out. I'll have it for you. Don't worry about it,'" Angela said.
Angela froze some of her eggs and her sister, Lindsey Neopodal, stuck to her word. The fertilized egg was implanted in Lindsey. And last Thursday, she gave birth.
"When he came out, I looked at Marcus, and he had tears running down his face. He was so happy. It's so amazing to see that happen," Angela said.
"Angela cut the cord, and Marcus was the first one who got to hold him. They got to do all that stuff and watch when the nurses got their evaluation of him. I was just sitting there. I don't have to do anything anymore. I'm done," Lindsey said.
While Lindsey is done with labor and pregnancy, she's not finished guiding baby Bryson.
"She's just going to be a very special aunt," Angela said.
"We're all blessed to have her in our family, and we're blessed to have him too," Marcus said.
A blessing made possible through a sister's gift.
"I knew how much my sister wanted to have another baby. If roles were reversed, she would have done the same for me. It was kind of a no-brain question for me," Lindsey said.
Lindsey says the pregnancy and labor went as smoothly as could be expected. She says she would have another child for her sister, but only after she has her own child.
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