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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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ITA with you, there would of been no way in heaven or hell I would of just hand over that baby to them. I would of gone to a different hospital to have it even.

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Sun, 10-11-2009 - 11:39am

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See, I'd never sign something that had that wording. My contract would have said:
"If there is a mistake in insertion of the embryo, and it should be discovered to be not mine, I shall retain the right to abort, and the facility shall pay any and all costs associated with that process, including lost wages, medical costs, emotional distress and the care for any resulting health problems."

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I would not want that person to raise them, but I'd suck it up if she deiced to abort- after all - it's her body and risks.

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Are you suggesting that the other woman was holding the z/e/f "hostage in her uterus"?
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<<Are you suggesting that the other woman was holding the z/e/f "hostage in her uterus"?>>


I'm saying it could be seen that way IF said woman was impregnanted with "my" genetic material ( against our consent) and decided she was going to keep something which, in all honesty...wasn't hers.


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Okay, thanks :)
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Sun, 10-11-2009 - 10:02pm

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But does that mean that the genetic parents have rights that supercede the rights of the woman carrying the pregnancy? And if so, how do you make the distinction between the pregnant woman deciding to keep the baby and the pregnant woman deciding to abort? After all, in both cases, based on your logic, the something in her uterus isn't hers.

I guess this is why I don't think I'd ever do surrogacy or IVF. Too much risk.




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Yes and no.


The woman ALWAYS has the right to abort reguardless of genetics ( I may not like that...but, that's the breaks)


However should the women chose to continue the pregnancy it would be done KNOING the end result would be the child would be *returned* to me.


The woman carrys all the rights UNTIL the baby is born, once born the genetic parents rights supercede.


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Sun, 10-11-2009 - 11:43pm

ITA, this is just what I was feeling and thinking. There is no way I would allow myself to be a host for anyone. Oh here you go. It was the clinics screw up not the mine and I'm not just going to do all of this and hand over what should of been my baby. Position is 9 tenths of the law.

This clinic just called her dh and told them, didn't come to their house to tell them. What crappo.

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So...you wouldn't mind if someone else raised your offspring if the shoe was on the other foot?


Even if that was your last chance at a genetic child?


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