Wednesday, April 27, 2011


It's about a couple, Carolyn and Sean Savage,  who learned that their fertility doctor had transferred the wrong embryos into Carolyn's body and she was now pregnant with another couple's child. 

So what did they do? They decided almost immediately that this baby belonged with it's rightful parents, and not them. As the pregnancy progressed they both loved this baby, and they each had nightmares about the day they would have to give him up...even though they knew it was the right thing to do.

To me, a very powerful story about "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you." Carolyn thought often of this other mother, and how she would want and expect to have her baby, if the story had been reversed. 

Her doctor tried to encourage Carolyn to have this baby aborted, to save her more pain down the road. She refused, again thinking of the baby's parents, and believing it was her duty to give this baby life. 

It's a story about doing the right thing even when it's incredibly horribly difficult. I questioned myself as I read this...could I really have been strong enough to give up a baby that had lived in my body for 9 months? 

This book also had me questioning other areas of my life. Am I always choosing the right road even though it might not be the easiest one? Do I consider what is best for everyone, not just what is best for myself? 

I am in awe over this couple. So many would have said, "I was a victim in this. It is not my fault this baby was put into my body. And now I love him, and I cannot let him go." 

Just reading this book makes me want to be a better person. 
A very special story.


Lisa said...

WOW! You gave an excellent narrative & I love the book & couple already! It's amazing how much people go through in their lives & to be so completely aware of the cause & effects of each decision is inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

cristie said...

so so many good people in this world. xox

Karen Mortensen said...

Wow. What a woman. Was she ever able to have any more children? I hope the hospital made up for this somehow.

Eileen said...

I remember hearing about this couple last year and I couldn't get over their courage and their faith. And their decision is such a testament to their relationship and the strength of their marriage, and the amazing trust they have in God. It's such a beautiful story of love and faith.

I love that both Karen & Tyler and McKay & McKenna are having boys! I'm sure they'll be very close.
And this is so exciting! Such a happy time for you all. Enjoy!
Love and Prayers,

Susan Rozier said...

Whoa. I think they did the right thing. Definitely a difficult "test in this life," but they passed. In fact, they are still in the process of passing it. Thanks for sharing. Love, Dad and Susan

grandmapeg said...

Brave! Strong! Courageous! SELFLESS! These are the words that came to my mind as I read the narrative and watched the video clip. What a remarkable couple!

Sue said...

I read this, and they clearly did the right thing. They deserve admiration and respect.


Donna said...

wow.....that is all I have to say. I know they did the only thing they could do....and I also know where that strength came from which enabled them to survive.
...this is a great example for us to follow.
God bless this family

Anonymous said...

too sad for words...


Amy Nielson said...

Wow! What an incredibly hard situation to be in. Now I want to read the book!!

Grandma Honey said...

Amy~~ You are welcome to borrow my copy!
I thought it was very well written.