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Embryo Mix-up Baby ‘Loved by Two Families’

by Mike Celizic,  TODAY Show,  May 4, 2010
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Logan Morrellwas born just seven months ago, the result of a colossal mix-up at a fertility clinic that had implanted embryos belonging to Shannon and Paul Morell into another woman, Carolyn Savage. After first communicating anonymously through their lawyers, the Morells and Savages became friends and went through most of the pregnancy together.

After Logan’s birth, the Savages were given time to say hello and goodbye to the baby Carolyn had carried in her womb. Then they handed him over to the Morells. The couples, separated by about 150 miles, remain close and share e-mails, pictures and news about Logan. They also visited over the Christmas holidays.

Both families would learn that their bond is unusual among the rare cases when women have been implanted with the wrong embryos. Most often, experts say, the cases end in bitter lawsuits, custody battles and even abortions.

The cases are so rare and so jarring that the story was news around the world, and both the Savages and the Morells made appearances on TODAY in the days before Logan was born slightly prematurely last September.

Now, the Morells have written a book about their miracle baby, “Misconception: One Couple’s Journey From Embryo Mix-Up to Miracle Baby,” and hope that their experiences will help others entering the world of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Read more.


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