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304 pages
Feb 2011

Inconceivable: A Medical Mistake, the Baby We Couldn't Keep, and Our Choice to Deliver the Ultimate Gift

by Carolyn & Sean Savage

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In their book Inconceivable, Carolyn and Sean Savage share their experiences with an infertility mishap. On their journey to expand their family through means of in vitro fertilization (IVF), Carolyn and Sean received a devastating phone call: Carolyn was impregnated with another coupleís embryo. Facing an already high-risk pregnancy, and potentially her last chance to carry a child to term, Carolyn and husband Sean share the trials and victories they face when they make their commitment to life. The couple goes back and forth in narrating their story, providing a well-rounded experience. Since the story gives both of their perspectives as well as their reactions to the events that follow, this book would be excellent for husbands and wives to read through together.

Inconceivable is just as the title implies; having already faced 12 years of a fertility nightmare, including numerous failed IVF attempts, Carolyn and Sean work hard to find the silver-lining to this pregnancy nightmare. Their story shares how they worked together to overcome the challenges they faced, uniting to fight for the same cause: the unborn child Carolyn carries in her womb.

The couple is part of the Catholic church and is open in the discussion regarding how they interacted with the Church's doctrine against infertility treatments. While this plays a minor role in the overall storyline, they do discuss their wrestling with the doctrine and the reasons behind why the decided to go ahead with the fertility treatment. Readers of any denomination will be able to relate to the Savageís reliance on God and Scripture.

This book is a testament of the Savages' commitment to the sacredness of life. Throughout the entire ordeal, the idea of terminating the pregnancy was never more than a fleeting thought, going against a doctor's suggestion. Their story was built off a commitment to love someone else's child as their own, even though they would have to give him up to his biological parents after birth. It is a touching story, an emotional roller coaster that any parent will be able to appreciate. Ė Emily Moore,

Book Jacket:

A medical mistake during an IVF procedure. An unthinkable situation . . . youíre pregnant with the wrong baby. You can terminate, but you canít keep him. What choice would you make?

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 celebrate the baby as an answer to their prayers. If not, they would be grateful for the family they had and 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 elseís 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 coupleís 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 didnít 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 Savageís faith, their relationship to their church, and their marriage, Inconceivable is ultimately 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 it is to be a parent, someone who nurtures a life, protects a soul, only to release that child into the world long before youíre ready to let him go.