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A widow gave birth to her late husband’s baby 14 months after his death using frozen embryos – and revealed she is now trying for a second child.

Sarah Shellenberger, 41, lost her husband Scott, 41, to a heart attack in February 2020.

Before his sudden death, Sarah and Scott had struggled to conceive and had gone through two rounds of IVF – creating two viable embryos which were frozen.

Sarah, a teacher from Oklahoma, US, was able to fall pregnant with son Hayes using one of the embryos, who was born in May 2021.

Now, she hopes to give him a sibling using the second and final embryo which was created just seven days before Scott’s death on Valentine’s Day 2020.

She was able to fall pregnant with son Hayes ( Jam Press/Sarah Shellenberger)
Hayes was born in May 2021 ( Jam Press/Sarah Shellenberger)

“I’ve dreamed about being a mum my whole life and can’t imagine not continuing our journey,” Sarah, who shares her journey on Instagram ( @TheWesternMomma ) with her 10,000 followers, told

“My husband and I struggled to get pregnant and wanted a family more than anything.

“I am hoping and praying that this transfer is successful and brings our second miracle baby to our family.

Scott, 41, had a heart attack in February 2020 ( Jam Press/Sarah Shellenberger)

“In our eyes, our embryos are our children and it’s only right to do everything I can to bring our second baby home.

“It would mean the world to give Hayes a sibling. I have a brother and know what a special relationship it can be. I want this for Hayes just as much, if not more, than I want it for myself.”

Sarah is having the embryo transfer on 23 June and will find out two weeks later if it was a success.

Sarah hopes to give Hayes a sibling ( Jam Press/Sarah Shellenberger)

She added: “It’s very emotional, but also exciting. I’m so thankful to have the hope of a second living piece of my husband on the horizon and know that he’s with me as Hayes and I carry on.

“I know this is what Scott would want me to do and I firmly believe he’s doing everything he can from heaven to help make this possible.”

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