Yes, I’m scared and I’m anxious, but I’m so excited," she said in an interview with the Concord Monitor
Barbara Higgins was heartbroken when she lost her 13-year-old daughter to brain tumour in 2016. She was then given a 'third chance' at motherhood when she got pregnant with her son at the age of 57. Higgins also had a brain tumour of her own while she was trying to get pregnant but she beat all odds and is now an inspiration to many women who had lost hope to become a mother for varied reasons, reported ABC13.
Higgins and her husband, Kenny Banzhoff, of Concord, had been grieving for their late daughter Molly. The couple, who also have an older daughter, thought about having another child and opted to visit an in vitro fertilization clinic in Boston. The plan worked out well and Higgins gave birth to a healthy boy named Jack. As women get older, pregnancy comes with complications and health risks and they are often asked to keep aside the idea of trying to have a baby past 50. For Higgins, this is nothing short of a miracle as she was also battling with a brain tumour herself during the period. “Yes, I’m scared and I’m anxious, but I’m so excited," she told the Concord Monitor, reported ABC13.
Higgins, who is an avid runner, has been a high school track coach. She says that she did weight training until the day she went into labour. In addition to Higgins' struggles with her brain tumour, Banzhoff, 65, had been living with kidney disease and underwent a transplant. Users on social media were inspired by the couple's story, "I wished I had another too. Lost my son at age 21 to a brain tumour," one wrote, while another said, "if the love is there, it doesn't matter what age you have that child. congratulations. Lady Legend. bless them all." A third commented, "I lost my child and was discouraged from trying again. I wish things had been different and I had taken the chance. All the best you."
Not all were on board with the idea, for some their age and their health issues were problematic factors. "don’t know what to think! But me personally if a woman at this age and having health issues and her husband (too) was it really wise to have a child at this point in time in their life’s? Will it be fair to their son ?," a user asked, while another spoke about how they could have considered other options, "This couple could have chosen a lot of possibilities - ( foster care, mentoring, adopting a teenager) but they picked the selfish choice."