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Sat, 09-26-2009 - 6:06pm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33031478/ns/health/

TOLEDO, Ohio - An Ohio woman who gave birth to a baby boy after a fertility clinic implanted her with the wrong embryo is a "guardian angel," the boy's biological parents said Saturday.

Paul and Shannon Morell of suburban Detroit said in a statement that they would be "eternally grateful" to Carolyn Savage for her decision to give birth to their child despite the clinic's mistake.

"It's been a long, difficult journey, and we're thrilled that our family is now complete," the Morells said. "We will be eternally grateful for his guardian angel, Carolyn Savage, and the support of the entire Savage family.

"We're looking forward to spending the next few weeks getting to know our new baby."

The boy was born Thursday at 5 pounds and 3 ounces at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. He measures 18 inches long.

In a statement Friday, the Savages offered congratulations to the Morells.

"At this time, we would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to the Morell family on the birth of their son," the Savages' statement said. "We wish Paul, Shannon, their twin girls and their new baby boy the best, as they move forward with their lives together."

The Savages asked for privacy in the days ahead, saying "Our family is going through a very difficult time."

The Savages extended thanks to people around the world for their support and prayers. They thanked medical professionals for their care and treatment throughout the pregnancy and delivery.

The Savages say a fertility clinic outside Ohio transferred the wrong frozen embryo in February. Ten days later, they got a call from a doctor at the clinic saying she was pregnant with someone else's child.

The Savages said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday they never considered terminating the pregnancy or trying to fight for custody.

They have hired attorneys who say they are working to make sure the fertility clinic accepts responsibility.

The Morells, who live in Troy, Mich., found out about the fertility clinic mistake a day after the Savages.

The two couples knew nothing about each other. Shannon Morell feared that the pregnant woman would choose abortion, ending their chance to give their 2-year-old twin girls a sibling.

A few days passed before they learned that the Savages were not only willing to continue with the pregnancy but also to hand over the baby without hesitation.

"This was someone else's child," 40-year-old Carolyn Savage told the AP on Wednesday. "We didn't know who it was. We didn't know if they didn't have children or if this was their last chance for a child."




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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32980984/ns/today-today_health/?ns=today-today_health

So, this story rubs me the wrong way. There's all this discussion about how wonderful it is that Savage decided not to abort the pregnancy, but there's an implicit subtext in several articles relating to this story that she'd have been a horrible monster if she did. See a clipping from this article a few weeks ago:

<<“We had no idea who this person was,” Shannon Morell told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Wednesday from Troy, Mich. For 14 emotionally wrenching weeks, the only contact they had with the woman who was carrying their baby was through lawyers. “That was the longest 14 weeks probably of my entire life. We didn’t know who they were. Were they good people?”>>

It just seems so judgmental of the woman who carried their child essentially to term with no thought of reward, knowing that it was her last chance to carry a pregnancy. Why aren't they up-in-arms against the clinic that implanted the wrong embryos?


It's worth noting that the woman who had the pregnancy had had severe HELLP syndrome with both of her prior pregnancies, with so many other complications that her doctor had told her this had to be the last pregnancy. So she had to arrange for a surrogate to carry the embryos that should have been implanted in the first place.



So, if this were you, would you have carried the pregnancy?






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Nope - I would've terminated and sued the hell out of the fertility clinic!


While I do commend the woman for carrying the pregnancy to term, and think it's a wonderful thing she did...I don't care for the implication that it was her duty to do so.

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For me, it would completely depend as to whether or not I aborted. Does this absolutely have to be my last pregnancy or should I only carry one more pregnancy to term? The answer to that question would dictate my choice. If this were my last pregnancy, I would seriously lean towards carrying it. If I could only carry one last pregnancy to term, I would abort and have my own embryos implanted. I'm not a martyr and I don't care to carry a pregnancy with no hope of having a baby to raise at the end of it.


I also hope that this woman, the one who was wrongly implanted, is financially compensated by the clinic so that she can afford to hire a surrogate.

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Sun, 09-27-2009 - 12:18pm

I think she's an incredibly selfless woman. What she's done for this other couple goes above and beyond.

I think the "good people" comment can be taken more that one way. Were the likely to invest as much energy in doing everything possible to safeguard the pregnancy if it wasn't theirs, i.e. not eating "forbidden" foods, using hot tubs, etc. Not just if they would carry the pregnancy to term or not.

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Sure. In another article about this (and maybe it was even mentioned in one of these, I don't remember), it was mentioned that the woman who carried the pregnancy, Savage, had severe pregnancy complications and had been told that she must stop trying to get pregnant after this last pregnancy, because in each pregnancy she was risking her life.

So she gets pregnant and finds out it's not her embryo that implanted, only ten days after it was done.

She could have aborted right then with few complications, and gone on to have another pregnancy with her own children. But she worried that maybe these embryos were another couple's only chance to have children, so she decided to carry the pregnancy, even though she'd never get another chance to be pregnant again.

Where it's judgmental is in the statements all over these articles about how wonderful she was for carrying the pregnancy, and the subtext how horrible she would have been if she'd decided to abort. No one, especially the family whose fetus she carried, spoke of retribution against the clinic for making such a grave error. No, it was all on the pregnant woman to make the right decision.




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I think she did an incredible thing, and I'd like to think I'd have done the same.

The impression I got from Mrs Morell's statement was just the torment SHE would have been in, not knowing what was going to happen to her embryo.

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This is a hard one for me to answer because for me personally, I don't think I would ever go to the lengths of IVF in the first place.

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Tue, 09-29-2009 - 10:45pm
I know, but I got the same vibe from other articles. That everything hinged upon her decision to keep the pregnancy, and any mention of holding the clinic accountable was minimal and placed toward the bottom of any of the stories. Bad journalists, bad!




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