Lamara Kelesheva has reached the age of 67.
She was born in Greece and is of Greek ethnicity.
She is a medical doctor who has published scores of scholarly publications.
Everything in her personal life seemed to be going swimmingly at first.
She married and had a son with her husband.
A 23-year-old guy was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005. (blood cancer).
She fought for her son tirelessly for three years.
Unfortunately, he passed away in 2008.
The bereft mother saw no reason in continuing to live.
But the prospect of his son having a future on this planet comforted him.
Her son implanted the sperm before starting chemotherapy (this is done because of the high risk of infertility after radiation).
– My son dreamed of a big family, and I decided that I would fulfill his will, – recalls Lamara.
– Not everyone understood me, someone condemned me.
Funds for IVF were collected by numerous relatives.
First, Lamara turned to reproductologists in Georgia.
We were looking for anonymous egg donors and surrogate mothers.
In two years, there were five attempts to transplant embryos, but unsuccessful.
It ate up all of the funds.
The dream’s chances of coming true were dwindling.
Later, two surrogate moms were simultaneously pregnant.
And they both became pregnant.
Two sets of twins were born in January 2011.
There are three males and one girl.
Lamara’s husband was opposed to “posthumous” grandchildren since the children are too young and will stay orphans.
Lamara divorced her spouse after the birth of her children (he had a mistress, even when their common son was ill).
I’m going to phone Lamara today to see how things are going.
– Everything is fine with us, the kids are growing up, it will be ten years soon, – says grandma-mom. – Yes, children know about their dad that they were born after his death.
– Do they understand that they were born thanks to the IVF procedure?
– In general, yes. I tried to explain to them as much as possible, as far as they can understand it so far.