An Ohio woman gave birth to a baby boy she carried to term after learning a fertility clinic had mistakenly implanted her with another couple’s embryo.
Carolyn Savage, 40, of Sylvania, Ohio, delivered a 5-pound, 3-ounce boy at a Toledo hospital after choosing not to abort him though she learned he was not her son 10 days after embryo implantation.
The boy’s genetic parents are Paul and Shannon Morell of Troy, Mich., who learned a day after Savage and her husband Sean about the embryo mix-up by an undisclosed clinic. They were concerned their unborn child would be aborted after they learned of the mistake, but the Savages said they never considered aborting the baby or seeking custody, according to the Associated Press.
“We will be eternally grateful for his guardian angel, Carolyn Savage, and the support of the entire Savage family,” the Morells said in a statement after the Sept. 24 birth, AP reported.
“There’s no way we could possibly repay them,” Shannon Morell said, according to ABC News.
A week before the birth, Carolyn Savage said, as reported by ABC, “We’re trying to look at it as a gift for another family that eight months ago we didn’t know.”
The mothers have gone to doctors’ appointments together and intend to stay in touch, according to ABC.
The Morells have 2-year-old twin girls conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The Savages have sons 15 and 12 years of age as well as a 1-year-old daughter. Their little girl was conceived through IVF. Because of previous complications, Carolyn Savage was told this pregnancy with what was to be her fourth child would need to be her last.
The Savages have an agreement with a surrogate mother to carry and give birth to a remaining embryo conceived by IVF, ABC reported.
A pro-life bioethicist said the story demonstrates the need for oversight of fertility clinics.
“This is an entirely unregulated industry, a business,” wrote David Prentice, senior fellow for life sciences at the Family Research Council. “Maybe it’s about time we took a harder look at the whole idea of cavalierly creating life in the lab.”
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