Twin steps in as surrogate to help sister have child

Ashtin Schue holds her son, Ryker, who was carried by Ashtin's twin sister Christin. (WTHR photo/Allen Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - There are some gifts that transcend anything you can put under a tree. Friday Ashtin Schue is holding life - 8 pounds, 1 ounce of perfection.

Her baby boy is a Christmas miracle, especially when you consider all she and her husband Eric had been through before.

Ryker Schue was born Thursday afternoon. (WTHR photo/Allen Carter)

“We’ve had five pregnancies, but nine losses. And our first actual loss was identical twin girls,” said Schue.

Ashtin has adenomyosis, a condition that complicates pregnancies. But they believed they were meant to be parents; one way or another.

“We were given a choice of doing a significant drug or gestational surrogacy and my sister volunteered immediately,” said Schue.

Ashtin and her twin sister Christin Lance have always been close and it took little convincing for her to say yes.

“She’s my twin. She’s my best friend. And when it boiled down to it, I didn’t want to regret not at least trying to help her,” said Christin.

For nine months, Christin gave her body to grow a nephew.

Ryker Schue was born on Thursday at 2:28 p.m.

“It really is just showing her how much I love her. And how much I appreciate being born with her,” said Lance.

“I don’t know if there is a scenario in our lives where I am going to need to help her in the same way…I am totally going to have to now, but maybe we were meant to be born together because we were meant to be there for each other that way,” said Schue.

Everyone is healthy following the delivery. Lance and baby Ryker will be discharged from Franciscan Health Hospital on Saturday morning.

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