A pregnant mother will give birth to another couple’s baby after a blunder by an IVF clinic.
Carolyn Savage, who is eight months pregnant, had the wrong embryos implanted and will have to hand over the baby boy to his biological parents as soon as he’s born.
Carolyn, 40, from Ohio, discovered she was pregnant in February after she and husband Sean decided to try again with the last of her frozen embryos.
They then learned that another couple’s embryo had been implanted instead of theirs. The couple decided not to terminate the baby because of their religious beliefs.
“The hardest part is going to be the delivery. We want a moment to say hello, and goodbye,” said a very brave Carolyn. “In the beginning we were really scared of that moment and it’s still scary. We’re trying to mentally frame it in a positive way and look at it as a gift for this family that eight months ago we didn’t know. I think that’s the only way we’ll get through it.”
The couple already have two sons aged 15 and 12, and a daughter, born with the help of IVF, who is 18 months.
“We will wonder about this child every day for the rest of our lives. We have hopes for him, but they’re his parents, and we’ll defer judgment on when and if they ever tell him what happened and any contact that’s afforded us. We just want to know he’s happy and healthy,” Carolyn said.
The couple’s lawyers are working to ensure the fertility clinic that made the mistake accepts responsibility.