Betty on the News: Woman Implanted with Wrong Embryos
Carolyn Savage became an unwitting surrogate mother for another couple’s child after doctors implanted her with the wrong embryos.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Although 39-year-old Carolyn Savage underwent in vitro fertilization to expand her family, hoping to get pregnant, she never could have imagined that she would have to give the child that she so desperately wanted up. But, in a tragic mix-up, that’s exactly what happened after a doctor implanted another couple’s embryo into her uterus.
“He walked in and was as white as a sheet,” Carolyn said when her husband came home to tell her the news. “He told me, and I think he repeated himself two or three times, and I kept saying ‘You’re joking.’ I kept yelling at him stop it but there was nothing on his face indicating a joke.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much in my life,” she added. “It was such a nightmare and, in a way, I felt violated.”
The Savages will have to return the child to its biological parents after it’s born, according to a legal precedent, and while they agree it’s the right thing to do, it doesn’t make the situation any easier for the expectant mom who is now 35 weeks pregnant.
“There are so many ways to walk into that delivery room,” said Carolyn. “We’re trying to mentally frame it instead of a loss – it is a loss, I don’t want to say that it isn’t – but we’re trying to look at it as a gift we’re giving someone else.”
“I know that tug will be there every day wondering if the baby’s happy, healthy and OK,” said Carolyn.
“We want him to know that it wasn’t that we didn’t want him, but too many people wanted him,” said Sean. “We gave him up because it was the right thing to do.”
Although doctors have advised Carolyn against getting pregnant again, the Savages are hoping to work with a surrogate mother to carry some of their own embryos for them. (CNN)