A Kentucky woman has given birth to her niece, after volunteering as a surrogate for her sister-in-law.
Already a mother of three, 32-year-old Rachel Wilcox offered to carry a baby for her sister-in-law Amanda Peterson, 33, after she was left infertile by stage three colon cancer.
Wilcox, who's married to Peterson's brother, Micah, discussed the possibility of acting as a surrogate with her husband, when her doctor suggested it at a check up.
"Her words stuck in my head. After I discussed it with Micah I suggested it to Amanda and [Wilcox's brother] Reid," Wilcox told Daily Mail.
"Luckily, they accepted and now have Adalyn Rae, the baby they longed for," Wilcox said. "Seeing the immediate mother and daughter bond between Amanda and the baby was incredible."
On September 22, 2017, Wilcox gave birth to Adalyn Rae Patterson - who was named after her - at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the joy of her entire family.
"I have an incredible bond with Adalyn, but she doesn’t feel like my child," Wilcox said. "She’s a part of my story, but I have a connection with her that’s different to my own children."
"When I saw her for the first time with Amanda, I could see that mother-daughter bond straight away, and that was so beautiful," she said.
But this wasn't the only selfless act Wilcox would offer.