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Petersburg Mom Grateful For Sister's Gift Of Life

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Petersburg, VA—After a woman suffered many heart-wrenching miscarriages in her quest to have a child, her sister stepped in to help in a very special way. Now, their story is gaining national attention.

Sonya Foust tried to conceive a baby for ten years. Sadly, each of her pregnancies ended in miscarriage; none of them lasted more than three months.

"That was my dream to have my own…and then I ended up having ten miscarriages," reflects Sonya.

She had almost given up hope of ever bearing a child…and then her sister Mia called with news that changed both of their lives.

"I was like, are you serious?" Sonya said. "She said, ‘Yes, we are having a baby and we want you to have it.'"

Mia and her husband already had two children, so when they conceived again, they decided to give the gift of motherhood to a woman who desperately wanted it.

"When she had the baby 18 years ago, she told that doctor, ‘That's her baby, not mine, give it to her,'" Sonya remembers. "I was the first thing she [the baby] saw."

Today, that little baby has grown into a beautiful young woman, named Setia. She loves teasing her mom, who is actually her aunt.

"It's always been my mom and my aunt," says Setia. "It's never been, "my mom, and oh, that's my biological mother. It's never been like that."

When Sonya and her husband divorced a few years ago, Setia went to live with the only father she'd ever known. But at 16, she came back home to her mom in Petersburg.

"No matter what I said or did, she's always been there. And I know at the end of the day, she'll always be here for me regardless," said Setia.

Sonya is getting ready to say goodbye to her daughter again, as Setia prepares to head to Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. As the mother and daughter cherish their time together before classes begin, they realize their bond wouldn't have been possible without Aunty Mia, whom they agree is a "very special lady."

 

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