That Is Not Your Baby
Posted by shadmia on September 25, 2009
Carolyn Savage, 40, is about to give birth, by cesarean section, to a baby boy who is not her son. No – this is not another version of the horror flick Rosemary’s Baby – but it does prove Murphy’s Law (anything that can go wrong, will go wrong).
Carolyn, due to a mix-up at a fertility clinic, is carrying the embryo from another couple. The mistake was discovered 10 days after the frozen embryo was implanted into her womb. This was in early February 2009. The doctor told them they could abort, but the couple didn’t consider that a viable option.
Carolyn and Sean, 39, her husband, have decided to have the baby, and when it is born, turn it over to the real biological parents – Paul and Shannon Morell, of Troy, Michigan.
Embryo mix-ups at fertility clinics are extremely rare. In those few instances, they’ve degenerated into custody battles, ugly lawsuits and at least one abortion. But not this time. Savage and her husband decided that the right thing — the only thing — to do was to give the baby to the biological parents.
Although the Savages have two sons, and a daughter born with the help of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) doctors have told Carolyn that this must be her final pregnancy.
Shannon and Paul Morell, both 39, have twin girls – also conceived through in-vitro fertilization.
Shannon would not say what clinic she and her husband, Paul used or what legal action they were considering because of the mistake. They have nonetheless hired attorneys who say they are working to make sure the fertility clinic accepts responsibility.
Carolyn Savage is due to give birth to a boy within the next two weeks. When it happens Paul and Shannon Morell will be nearby, waiting to meet their son.
“It’s just the oddest feeling to have somebody else carrying your child because, as a parent, you want to do everything possible to protect your child,” Shannon Morell said this morning. “We were totally powerless and out of control. Even though we were grateful, it was just a terrible feeling.”
Although there is no family link between the two couples isn’t it strange that Shannon Morell’s maiden name is Savage….. coincidence or fate?