Reading line: The Medical Mistake that Challenges the Meaning of Motherhood
The new life in Carolyn Savage's womb was supposed to be her miracle- a beloved baby conceived by in vitro fertilization after years of trying for a bigger family. But on the very day the clinic phoned to confirm her pregnancy, her husband broke the news: You're pregnant, but they transferred the wrong embryos.
After moving past the shock, the Savages were faced with two choices: terminate the pregnancy or relinquish the infant to his genetic parents as soon as he's born. Knowing that hidden within Carolyn's body was some other family's hope for child, they decided to carry the baby to term.
This riveting chronicle of the devastating discovery and the challenging decisions that followed such as when and what to tell their other children, let alone the community at large that saw Carolyn's expanding waistline and couldn't wait to congratulate her on the new addition to the family, it also depicts the touching moments Sean and Carolyn spent with the baby boy after he was born, before turning him over to his biological parents for good.
The story is made even more heartbreaking when we discover this is the last pregnancy Carolyn's body can handle, and the Savages' attempt to give their remaining embryos, now found, a chance at life in a surrogate leads to a miscarriage just days after Carolyn delivered the baby boy.
A beautiful examination on what it means to bring a life into this world, the true meaning of motherhood, and the heartbreaking challenges families face when met with infertility, Carolyn and Sean Savage tell the story of how they could give the ultimate gift.