Last February, Carolyn Savage was implanted with the wrong embryo by an Ohio fertility clinic. After learning of the mistake, a devastated Savage decided to carry the child anyway—and hand him over to his biological parents.
Savage, who gave birth to a baby boy Thursday, says she didn't hesitate to carry the child, even though it wasn't hers: "This was someone else's child,"she tells the Associated Press, "We didn't know who it was. We didn't know if they didn't have children or if this was their last chance for a child."
The child's parents, Paul and Shannon Morell, call Savage a "guardian angel" for agreeing to carry their child to term, though the Savages, understandably, are "going through a very difficult time." It's difficult to imagine the position Carolyn Savage was placed in, as an accidental surrogate of sorts, and though the Morrells surely have a happy ending in this situation, it's not hard to see why the Savages might be struggling.
The Savages, who have three children, are currently taking legal action against the fertility clinic, and The Telegraph is reporting that the couple is seeking a surrogate to carry their fourth child, as Carolyn's "age (40) and difficulties during earlier pregnancies" make another pregnancy too risky. As for the child they agreed to part with, "We will wonder about this child every day for the rest of our lives," Savage says, "We have hopes for him, but they are his parents and we'll defer to their judgment on when and if they ever tell him what happened and any contact that's afforded us. We just want to know he's healthy and happy."