Mother artificially impregnated with someone else's embryo
Sometimes even a medical miracle can become a medical nightmare. Take artificial insemination, for example. It has enabled so many would-be parents to have children and brought untold happiness into the world in the form of wanted babies.
Sean and Carolyn Savage were two such parents but their experience showed that the one in a million chance of disaster does actually happen — and it happened to this one family in particular. But incredibly, they managed to turn this difficult situation into something extraordinary... and beautiful.
The Savages had two children but had both always wanted a large family. They weren't able to have a third child together without the help of artificial insemination.
After a difficult ten years of trying and undergoing tests, finally their last effort was successful and Carolyn fell pregnant. They were overjoyed to welcome their third child into the family.
Now that they understood the process, they decided to try again: this time though, they would have one of the previous embryos implanted. And... it worked! They would have a fourth child!
But soon, the doctors figured out that a terrible mix-up had occurred. They had impregnated Carolyn with someone else's embryo. She was carrying the child of two strangers.
The truth struck them like a sledgehammer and both were shattered. Had it all been in vain? They simply refused to accept that. So the two made an extraordinary decision: Carolyn wanted to carry the baby and deliver it. She knew that the probability of becoming pregnant again would be much lower afterward. They both also knew that so many expectations had been placed on the baby by the unknown couple. But that simply made the decision all the more easier for them: “We see it as a gift being able to help another family. No one knows more than us how hard this way is. But we want to follow it together.” What strong words!
When Logan was born, he was handed over to his biological parents. Fortunately, Carolyn and Sean still get to visit him regularly.
It is hard to imagine what must have gone through Carolyn and Sean's heads at the time, but what amazing and giving people to have done what they did. It's wonderful to think that their story found a happy ending.