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In some circles in vitro fertilization is morally controversial, yet many, many couples choose this option when faced with the devastating reality of infertility. I can personally empathize with the struggle of losing babies, which many in vitro patients face, but so far have not experienced devastating reality of being infertile.
I just finished reading Misconception by Paul and Shannon Morell. Wow, what a story, what a journey and what a mix-up! This book details their experience with loss, infertility and their choice to have a family by going through in vitro fertilization. After their twins were born, they decided to freeze six of their embryos at the in vitro fertilization clinic. The main thrust of Misconception is the fact that the in vitro fertilization clinic mistakenly thawed their six frozen embryos and inserted three “good” embryos inside another woman’s body! I just cannot imagine what an ordeal that was for them or the other family involved. Amazingly, I kept my tears in place, which hasn’t been so easy for me lately – hormones! I was just in awe of how things worked out and how the two families amiably worked things out.
The Morell’s had nothing but good things to say about the family who chose life for their unborn child. They understood that this mistake greatly affected both their families and were extremely grateful for the sacrifice the Carolyn and Sean Savage made on behalf of Logan, their son.
It would be nice to hear and read Carolyn and Sean’s side of the story, which I believe they intend to tell through their own book from what I have read online. I believe one source indicated that the Savages had found letting Logan go harder than they anticipated, which I can understand. Imagine carrying, nourishing a child, that you knew wasn’t yours, for nine months and then sacrificially giving that child up?
There are so many facets to the story that the Morell’s cover and share in Misconception that I can honestly say it was worth the time to read, even if you haven’t or won’t experience in vitro fertilization. Just knowing and understanding the process gives us more empathy for couples who are facing these decisions. For those who are or plan to go through in vitro fertilization, the book isn’t meant to scare you but to inform you so that you may have a better experience with more knowledge than the Morell’s did in their journey.
Misconception may be purchase through any major book retailer and was published through Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.