Carolyn and Sean Savage Chronicle the Heartbreaking Story of a Medical Mistake and the Baby They Couldn't Keep in Their Autobiography, 'Inconceivable'

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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 Savage’s faith, their relationship to their church, and their marriage, Inconceivable is ultimately a testament to love.

Cover image Inconceivable by Carolyn and Sean Savage

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

“By the time you finish this remarkably honest, emotion-filled book, you’ll be picturing the young man who will one day hold it in his hands, reassured of the great love that carried him into this world.” -- Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture

Carolyn and Sean Savage had been trying to expand their family for years. They approached an IVF transfer in February 2009, knowing it would be their last. If pregnant, they would celebrate the baby as an answer to their prayers. If they weren’t, 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 else’s baby.

INCONCEIVABLE: A Medical Mistake, the Baby We Couldn't Keep, and Our Choice to Deliver the Ultimate Gift (HarperOne; hardcover; $26.99; February 14, 2011; 9780062004635) chronicles the Savages’ heartbreaking decisions: terminate the pregnancy, sue for custody, or return the infant to his genetic parents as soon as he’s born. Knowing that Carolyn was carrying another couple’s hope for a baby, the Savages decided to do what they prayed the other family would do for them if the situation were reversed. They decided to give the ultimate gift to a family they didn’t know: the gift of life.

How could a mistake of this magnitude happen? INCONCEIVABLE is not just a riveting narrative on the emotional journey of this couple, but also provides an inside look at how modern medicine could produce such a tragic mistake, and the many legal complications that ensued with both the genetic family and the clinic. Included in the book will be the news-making details on how the embryo mix-up happened and was discovered, an update from the Savages on Logan’s first birthday, and the conclusion of their legal battle with the clinic that made the mistake.

Carolyn and Sean Savage live in Ohio with their teenage sons and two-year-old daughter. Their tragedy was covered in numerous media outlets when they gave birth to the baby boy in September 2009, but in this book they are telling the entire story for the very first time.

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

By Carolyn and Sean Savage
HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
February 2011 | $26.99 | Hardcover | ISBN: 978-0-06-200463-5

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