Shannon Morell: Embryo Mix-Up Gave Miracle Baby

After 14 weeks, when the pregnancy was viable, the Morells received a call that the Savages wanted to meet. The encounter was "tense and awkward," with Shannon spilling out her heart but Carolyn keeping her emotional distance. Still, both parties wanted to "make a connection."

"I don't know who I felt sorrier for in the room," said the Morell's lawyer, Essig. "It was a gathering of four very sad people for reasons none of them had any control over. Until then, I had never been in a meeting like that. I deal with a lot of things, but this was heart-wrenching and they were all so generous in their approach."

Morell tried to put herself in Savage's shoes. "Our roles could have been reversed," she said. "What would I do? She didn't ask for this. She didn't try to hurt me."

The relationship warmed as the two women began to e-mail each other and Carolyn Savage sent photos from the doctor's visits. Eventually, Shannon Morell was invited to an ultrasound appointment.

Savage went into labor one month early and delivered by Caesarian section as the Morells waited in a separate room near the neonatal unit. Shannon said she fought back tears and felt joy tinged with "regret, pain and even a touch of jealousy."

"That's when it really hit me: I'm not there," she wrote. "I will never hear Logan's first cries, I will never be the first one to see him, I will never behold him all goopy from birth or see him open his eyes for the first time."

A half-hour after Logan's birth, Sean Savage brought the baby to the Morells.

"The repressed emotions of an entire pregnancy exploded in the first few minutes of meeting my son," she wrote. "I'm not a huggy person, but I threw my arms around Sean and thanked him."

Savage and Morell Families Meet in Embryo Mixup

The next day, the families met again with their siblings. Not once did the Morells doubt that the Savages would keep their word.

"They are ethical people and throughout the whole time, they were never wishy-washy," said Morell. "She knew, right away from the first month, that the baby wasn't hers."

The day the couples parted, the Savages presented the Morells with a "treasure chest," filled with baby Nikes, a preemie outfit, hats, children's books and a framed photo of Logan emerging into the world.

The families have maintained frequent contact in the months since Logan's birth through e-mails, telephone calls and letters.

"We went to see them over the holidays when [Logan] was three months old and met their kids," said Shannon Morell. "We had a good time. The stress of the whole situation was over and my daughters loved their little girl. I can say we are friends."

The Savages don't expect constant contact with Logan, but Morell hopes that one day when he learns the story of his conception, he will already be comfortable with his other family.

Knowing that the Savages still had eight frozen embryos to try another pregnancy, Morell impulsively offered to undergo IVF so they might have their fourth child.

"Carolyn is going to try to get pregnant again," said Morell. "But they are looking for a surrogate who doesn't bond with the baby."

The Morells reached an "agreement" with the unnamed fertility clinic. "They took responsibility over our contract and we are satisfied," she said.

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