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IN People ON 19 Aug, 2015
This is an ultimate act of sisterly love. Dawn carried her sister's baby, after her identical twin sister survived a cancer.
Dawn Ardolino Policastro, from Long Island, New York, gave birth to her sister's son, Hudson, last week. Photographer Allison Rose shared stunning photos of the two sisters posing together before Hudson's birth.
Mineola resident Dawn didn’t even blink when she learned her sister, Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker, couldn’t have a second baby.She immediately told the doctors that would be the surrogate mother for Allison's second baby.
Allison was 30 weeks pregnant in 2009 with her first child when she was diagnosed with a stage 3 breast cancer and had to start chemotherapy immediately. She was able to deliver a healthy baby boy through an emergency C-section at 31 weeks.
“When Allison was diagnosed at such a young age and at a time in her life when she was the happiest, it was simply devastating,” Dawn said.
So when they wanted to have a second baby, Dawn knew she wanted to do this. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy on August 5.
Allison posted a thank you note to her sister online.
“How can we begin to thank you for the tremendous generosity and sacrifice you have so willingly bestowed these last few months? You have given us not just the fulfillment of a wish we’ve had for the last six years, but a whole new life, and a family of four we thought we’d never have. We have always seen it as we are one soul in two different bodies."
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