Wrong-embryo baby's parents laud guardia

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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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I would have carried but I would be damned if I would give the baby up at the end. There would have been along nasty court battle at the end. Unless there was a prior agreement anything that comes out of this uterus is MINE
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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 10:37pm
Having never been thru IVF....I don't know but it's possible that

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If I was gong to continue incubating another z/e/f on behalf of someone else, there would be a HEFTY lease involved- payable by the clinic that screwed it up. Otherwise, an eviction would be implemented.
Not a martyr, not a saint. And that's what I think doing this sort of thing takes.
But I don't think aborting it makes a person bad or wrong either.
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Fri, 10-02-2009 - 10:12am
I was wondering about the financial implications. As I understand it, pregnancy and labour in the US is a fairly expensive process. Who was paying the lady's medical bills?

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It would really depend on the quality of the health insurance that the pg lady had.

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We have a 10K deductible per year. So yeah- an abortion would be way cheaper, if it wasn't mine.
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Ten THOUSAND dollars before your insurance pays out?

Holy crap.

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Yup. 5K individual, 10K family. (With a spouse and 3 kids, we fall in the latter, LOL)
They DO pay for well checks, immunizations, Pap smears, mamms, eye checks (1 per yr). That's it though. All sick visits, prescirptions, lab, radiology, inpatient, surgery, out-patient surgery, any therapies, those are all applied to that deductible.
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This discussion got me curious so I clarified with my husband (who pays all the bills) what we paid for each pregnancy.

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I'm sure most would. I wonder if this is covered in any of the IVF stuff that people sign, or do different agencies handle things differently? IE: some say the genetic parents trump the woman impregnanted and some have the " my womb, my egg" regardless of genetics and will instead compensate the woman for her lost egg. It seems like the mistake was caught early but imagine if you were 7 mos pregnant when you discovered the baby you were carrying wasn't genetically yours. That's a whole different ball game, at the point where this woman could have still aborted and CHOSE to not do so, she


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