CNN & BBC reports over 100 embryos were ‘mislabeded’ by human error at a Fertility Clinic and used in IVF. Just more heartache for families and what questions does it raise for all ‘test-tube babies’?
Woman in embryo mix-up gives birth to boy - CNN.com
- Story Highlights
- NEW: Woman gives birth to healthy baby boy, statement from couple says
- NEW: Couple congratulates biological parents of the baby in statement
- Fertility clinic implanted another couple's embryo into woman
- Couple decided to carry baby through delivery and give him to genetic parents
Sean and Carolyn Savage with daughter Mary Kate (now 18 months) and sons Ryan, left, and Andrew.
"Our family is deeply grateful for the support and prayers of so many people from around the world," the statement said. "We also would like to thank the medical professionals who provided superior care and treatment throughout the pregnancy and delivery."
"Our family is going through a very difficult time and requests privacy in the days ahead."
The couple said a fertility clinic implanted another couple's embryo into Carolyn Savage's uterus -- in essence, she became an unwitting surrogate for another family.
Ten days after the procedure in February, they received a call from the clinic's doctor: "Carolyn is pregnant, but we transferred the wrong embryos."
Don't Miss related stories:"I don't think I've ever cried so much in my life," Savage said. "It was such a nightmare and, in a way, I felt violated."
Within minutes of learning the news, the Sylvania, Ohio, couple decided to carry the baby and relinquish him to his DNA parents after birth.
Watch the couple discuss their decision. »
In their statement after the birth, the Savage family congratulated the biological parents of the baby.
"We would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to the Morell family on the birth of their son," the 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 did not release the name of the clinic where they underwent in vitro fertilization. They provided proof of their reproductive predicament, including results of amniocentesis, a genetic test, indicating the baby Savage was carrying was not theirs.
Korean War Baby comments:
An example of the difficult choice this and other couples are faced with, yet ‘in the best interest of the child’ they chose life. These are the strange things that science has wrought. This couple have sacreficed their own desires for a child, doing the right thing they felt to not only let it be born but to give it up to the biological parents.
One thing even the esteemed CNN and BBC FAIL to note- the effects on the child taken from its ‘mother’. Has the baby BONDED to the ‘birth’ mother? Will the baby now BOND with the biological mother or be utterly confused? Will it also have some of the same problems that many, not all, adoptees have with Attachment Disorders? How many IVF ‘mistakes’ have been made in the past?
The Korean War Baby knows some of these difficult choices. What does happen to “EXTRA” fertilized eggs, frozen after a week of development? Some of them have been sold to use in research. In Korea the mad scientist H****** made a mockery of the nation and tried to fool the scientific community. He was ‘testing’ with hundreds of human eggs to develop Somatic Embryonic Stem Cells, ‘Harvested’ from women who thought they were helping to develop cures for many diseases.
ADULT Stem Cells are being used and good results have already been proven. Embryonic Stem Cells are injected into willing patients in Korea right now, though nothing has been proven useful. The KWB will look into this more, stay tuned. Give your comments or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org