'Guardian Angel' Gives Birth, Returns Baby After Embryo Mistake

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 26, 2009 12:39 PM CDT
Carolyn Savage, 40, at home in Sylvania, Ohio, before giving birth.   (AP Photo/J.D. Pooley, file)
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(Newser) – The biological parents of a baby boy born to a woman implanted with the wrong embryo say they will remain "eternally grateful" for her decision to turn the baby over to them. The Toledo woman gave birth to a health baby boy this week after a fertility clinic mistakenly implanted her with an embryo from Paul and Shannon Morell of Michigan. The Morells today called Carolyn Savage their "guardian angel."

A clinic outside Ohio transferred the wrong frozen embryo in February. Ten days later, Savage got a call from a doctor saying she was pregnant with someone else's child. In an interview, she and her husband say they never considered terminating the pregnancy or fighting for custody. They have hired attorneys who say they are working to make sure the fertility clinic accepts responsibility.