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Embryo mix-up woman gives birth

Carolyn Savage. Photo: 23 September 2009
Carolyn Savage says she "felt violated"

A US woman who was implanted with the wrong embryo in a fertility treatment mix-up has given birth to a boy.

Carolyn Savage and her husband Sean said in a statement that the baby was delivered at St Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Mrs Savage, who had been told about the mix-up in February, said the family was "going through a very difficult time".

The Savages have decided to give the baby to his biological parents, Shannon and Paul Morell from Michigan.

The Savages, who have three children, offered their "heartfelt congratulations" to the Morells.


"Our family is deeply grateful for the support and prayers of so many people from around the world," the Savage statement said.

"We also would like to thank the medical professionals who provided superior care and treatment throughout the pregnancy and delivery."

Mrs Savage, 40, said earlier this week that her husband told her the news of the mix-up in February, after receiving a phone call from the clinic that had implanted the embryo.

"I don't think I've ever cried so much in my life. It was such a nightmare and, in a way, I felt violated," Carolyn was quoted as saying by CNN.

The Savages have declined to name the fertility clinic involved.

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