Carolyn and Sean Savage had been trying to expand their family for years. When they underwent an IVF transfer in February 2009, they knew it would be their last chance. If they became pregnant, they would celebratethe baby as an answer to their prayers. If not,they would be grateful for the family they hadand leave their fertility struggles behind forever.
They never imagined a third option. The pregnancy test was positive, but the clinic had transferred the wrong embryos. Carolyn was pregnant with someone else's baby.
The Savages faced a series of heartbreaking decisions: terminate the pregnancy, sue for custody, or hand over the infant to his genetic parents upon delivery. Knowing that Carolyn was carrying another couple's hope for a baby, the Savages wanted to do what they prayed the other family would do for them if the situation was reversed. Sean and Carolyn Savage decided to give the ultimate gift, the gift of life, to a family they didn't know, no strings attached.
Inconceivable provides an inside look at how modern medicine, which creates miracles daily ,could allow such a tragic mistake, and the many legal ramifications that ensued with both the genetic family and the clinic. Chronicling their tumultuous pregnancy and its aftermath, which tested the Savage's faith, their relationship to their church, and their marriage, Inconceivable isultimately a testament to love. Carolyn and Sean loved this baby, making it impossible for them to imagine how they could give him life and then give him away.
In the end, Inconceivable is a story of what itis to be a parent, someone who nurtures a life, protects a soul, only to release that child into theworld long before you're ready to let him go.
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By Yosgyrl on 26-02-11
This is such a awesome story. To think that there are still prople in the world that are so selfless. LOVED IT!!!!
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By Simone on 17-12-12
"Misconception" and "Inconceivable"
This is the true story of how one couple’s frozen embryos were mistakenly implanted into another woman during IVF treatments. What an unbelievable nightmare!
Both couples subsequently wrote books detailing their ordeals: “Misconception” which was the biological parent’s account, and “Inconceivable” the story of the family who carried the baby to term and “gave it back” to the biological parents as soon as it was born.
I read both books back to back and I would recommend that anyone interested in this fascinating story do the same. Their accounts are riveting and hearing the same story from both camps is engrossing. Emotions really do colour people’s recollection of shared events and this is proof of that fact!
It’s an awful situation for everyone involved, but having read both books, in my personal opinion I am left with more compassion for the woman who carried the baby and had to ultimately give it up than I did for the biological mother… but Lord only knows how I would feel if I was ever in their shoes!
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