‘We had faith’: Greensboro woman gives birth to first child at 51

Meet Susie and Tony Troxler from Greensboro. They’ve always wanted to have a child and wasn’t able to. But that didn’t top Troxler, she still wanted to have a child even at 50. She knew the risks and small chance of it happening but she still believed.

One day everything changed after a check up with Dr. Carolyn Harraway-Smith, Cone Health’s cheif medical officer for woman’s health.

“Near the end of my appointment, Dr. Harraway-Smith asked, ‘Is there anything else,’” Troxler said in a press release. “If she hadn’t asked that question, then this baby probably wouldn’t be here.”

Troxler gave birth to Lily Antonia Troxler on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

“It was so surreal,” she said. “Everything had come together for that moment to happen. It’s hard to wrap our heads around – we’re no longer just husband and wife, we’re ‘mommy’ and ‘daddy.’”

The couple hopes their story inspires others to never stop trying and to communicate with their healthcare provider about what they want.

“I was disappointed to hear her say that no one had ever queried them or given them their options for fertility,” Harraway-Smith said in a release. “I would advise anyone who wants to conceive to speak to your provider and let them know your concerns and future goals for planning a family.”

Tony Troxler said that the couple never gave up hope.

“We had that faith. We dreamed of her. We knew no matter how it was going to happen, it was going to happen,” Tony Troxler said.

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