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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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Aw hell I'll give them away willingly! You don't know my 3 dd's (my x is Satan, so the I call the two youngest ones span of Satan because they act like him) now mind you they are almost 31,29 and 23. So I can get away with this now. But there were times when they were little and I was raising them alone, that I wanted to give them away, but had I they would of been brought right back to me. No problem to me. I almost wish I had adopted out the two youngest ones, just so I could of gotten away from my abusive xh sooner.

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Mon, 10-12-2009 - 10:24pm

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Hahaha. I feel the same way about my oldest...Ugh!



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Popping out of lurkdom (which I'm sure I have done once or twice before on this board).

I consider nine months of growing a baby to trump the bit of genetic material that starts it all so, whichever side of the equation I was on, I would feel that the woman with the embryo inside her had the right to keep the baby she was nurturing.

That said, if my embryo was implanted in someone else I would be expecting the fertility clinic to foot the bill for all my subsequent treatment.





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Wed, 10-14-2009 - 11:34am

Really really good points. Would she have been a horrible monster if she had said


"Nope, I wanted MY baby implanted, they made a mistake, this is my last chance to carry a pregnancy and I want it to be with my own child."


I dont think so.


Would it have been horrible for the other family to have thier last baby used accidently then terminated...God yes. But the fault is with the clinic not the women carrying the child.


I do have to ask, was this family planning on implanting this baby? Not that it changes my views on this at all, just curious.


But in the end the mistake is with the clinic and they should sue the heck out of them for thier actions.






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That said, if my embryo was implanted in someone else I would be expecting the fertility clinic to foot the bill for all my subsequent treatment.>>


What if the implanted embryo was your last chance at a genetic child?


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"What if the implanted embryo was your last chance at a genetic child?"


I think that would be very sad for them. And if it were me, I'd sue the hell out of the fertility clinic for pain and suffering. It's the exact same thing I would tell a man who wanted his partner to keep the baby, despite her wanting an abortion. It's a horrible situation and I genuinely feel sorry for anyone going through it -- but it doesn't change the fact that the pregnant woman gets to decide what goes on within her body.

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***What if the implanted embryo was your last chance at a genetic child?***

Then I'd expect the clinic to do whatever it took to procure me suitable donor eggs/sperm. Like I said before, where the DNA comes from is far less important than who is loving and nurturing the resulting child.





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Once the child is born it's not about her body anymore.



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Once the child is born it's not about her body anymore.


That's absolutely right, and in that case, I leave it up to the Courts. I read in the article that the birth mom/surrogate said she gave the baby to the biological parents because she knew she'd lose in a court case. I wonder why she thought that? I really don't have an answer as to who should get to raise the baby because I think it's such a difficult, sticky situation. But I do wonder how a Court would have sided with this one.

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<< Like I said before, where the DNA comes from is far less important than who is loving and nurturing the resulting child.>>

That's a matter of personal preference. I've never been one for adoption, personally. It's fine for others, but I wouldn't raise another person's child if I didn't have to. For me, the genetic factor is stronger.

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