An Announcement: Dateline…The Happy Ending!

AUTHOR: | POSTED: January 3, 2013 | COMMENTS: 35 Comments

Carolyn Savage

Ah…the media.

When our story first broke in September 2009, to say that Sean and I were apprehensive about working with members of the media would be a colossal understatement.  Why?  Well, we had no experience with members of the press; and we’ve seen stories of reporters aggressively pursuing regular people, such as ourselves, with a complete and total disregard for privacy.

Regardless of how we felt, however, our story was going to get told whether we participated or not.  So, we grabbed the bull by the horns, and with the help of some savvy PR-experienced friends, we connected with Esther Zucker of Dateline NBC.

I’ll never forget the first time I spoke with Esther over the phone.  I loved her instantly because she promised to stick with our family to the bitter end by not only focusing on the error that had occurred at my fertility clinic, but also following our family through our healing period.  She wanted to be able to tell a story that inspired others, and in order to do that, she recognized that Dateline may need to stay in touch with us for a few years.

If you are regular reader here, you know that it took me almost two and a half years after the birth of Logan to start sharing what I’ve learned.  It took that long because I had to work through a process.  A process of grieving:  A process of redefining our lives after I gave birth to a child I so dearly loved, but had to part with shortly after he took his first breath.  In a way, I think the shock of what happened needed to burrow in and bloom into a new way of life.  I think that’s the way it is for anyone who’s been thrown an unexpected and unwelcome curveball.

There’s always life “afterwards”, but it takes a while to figure out how to live peacefully and happily in the aftermath.

Now that our family is doing just that, it seemed that it was time to share our happy ending with the world.  We shot with Dateline this past July, and the program was originally due to air Labor Day weekend, but once the executive producers saw it, they decided it was special, and needed to be included in the new season.  At that time, we weren’t given an air date.  We were just told that it would be shown at a time when the world could use a good dose of inspiration.

I guess that time is now.

This upcoming Sunday, at 7pm EST, Dateline NBC will retell our story.  It is our hope that those who watch it will glean inspiration from our journey.  I hope you’ll tune in to catch an up close and very personal look at why Sean and I greet every morning and every crazy moment with a smile.  Of course, our chaos will be unveiled as well.  After all, it is a realistic portrayal of what our journey has been and we’ve been consistently honest about even our ugliest moments.  Our story isn’t all “butterflies and unicorns”.  Who’s life truly is?  But this Dateline is all about perspective…and perseverance…and inspiration.

So, try to tune in, or set your DVR’s.  I promise it will be worth your time!



35 Comments on “ An Announcement: Dateline…The Happy Ending! ”

  • Ali | January 3rd, 2013 3:23 pm

    Can’t wait to see it! You’re amazing.

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  • Kathy | January 3rd, 2013 4:02 pm

    That is so exciting Carolyn! I look forward to watching it! I will never forget the moment I was nursing Abby, as an infant in my bedroom of our old house, while watching The Today Show and seeing a story about a family that sounded vaguely familiar… It wasn’t long before I put two and two together and we got back in touch. I am so proud of and happy for you and Sean and your family! xoxo

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  • Keiko | January 3rd, 2013 4:33 pm

    Mazel tov! I’ll set my DVR to record it. How exciting! Having first read your story via your book (and well after your media appearances) it’ll be neat to “see” you on TV 🙂

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  • Lori Lavender Luz | January 3rd, 2013 4:39 pm

    So excited to finally see it, and that you were in good hands. I’ll be watching!

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  • Justine | January 3rd, 2013 5:24 pm

    I can’t wait to see it … so proud of you!

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  • Elise Buchhop | January 3rd, 2013 5:28 pm

    We will be watching! 🙂

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  • Pamela | January 3rd, 2013 8:03 pm

    Will be sure to tune in…

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  • Kristen | January 3rd, 2013 8:22 pm

    Looking forward to watching it:)

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  • Marlene Sixta | January 3rd, 2013 8:29 pm

    Anxious to see the show Carolyn & Shaun!! Marlene

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  • Jjiraffe | January 3rd, 2013 8:57 pm

    How wonderful that Dateline followed you through the WHOLE story, and not just the sensational part! That type of media coverage doesn’t happen all too often in the ALI community, so I’m thrilled you partnered with them to make it so. I can’t wait to check it out!

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  • M. | January 3rd, 2013 10:30 pm

    Really looking forward to this. Congrats on finding sincere partners interested in sharing your whole story, not just the juicy bits. I love that you feel they’ve captured both the grieving and the healing, and the potential for joy. Congrats to YOU for sharing that.

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  • Kristin | January 3rd, 2013 11:42 pm

    I am so thrilled that Dateline is giving your story the treatment it truly deserves.

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  • Shayne Kay-King (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:49 pm

    I am so glad they are doing a followup—first saw your story on The Today show & I have read your book too. Looking forward to watching the show & your happy ending! Congrats

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  • Susan Mermer Miller (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:50 pm

    So happy for you all. xoxoxo

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  • Leah Rise (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:50 pm

    That’s wonderful, I look forward to watching it. Do you happen to know if it airs in Australia?

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  • Jenn Humes Jacquier (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:51 pm

    I am so happy for you all!! I will be watching!! Have you considered writing another book? A follow up with what’s gone on since the last book??

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  • Tracy | January 4th, 2013 9:06 pm

    you guys amaze me daily! You are such a great roll model to your kids and so many of us!!

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  • Missy | January 6th, 2013 7:41 pm

    My late husband and I conceived our last child thru IVF, and were worried the entire time about mixups like this. Sadly, he passed away when our baby was just a few months old; we still have 9 more healthy embryos stored that I can’t bear to discard. Donation to another couple isn’t an option, even if I could handle that, since he’s deceased.

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  • Carolyn Savage | January 7th, 2013 9:28 am

    Oh, Missy. I am so sorry for your loss. Honestly, I can’t even imagine your dilemma. What a nightmare.

    If there is anything I can do to help point you in a direction of peace, please let me know. I don’t have any words of wisdom, but completely understand why you don’t want to donate, or discard them. I’d feel the same way.

    Blessings to you and yours. YOu are in my prayers.

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  • Miranda | January 6th, 2013 8:14 pm

    I just wanted to say that I just watched the special on your family and an just in awe of the love that you both poured out in a situation that could have torn you to pieces. You truly are servants of God in this life!

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  • Carolyn Savage | January 7th, 2013 9:26 am

    Thanks, Miranda. I had to remind myself a lot during the pregnancy, that it is my job to do His work and will. I didn’t always “slam dunk” it, I had a lot of ugly moments, but in the end we are very grateful to have been able to shepherd a very special little boy into this world.

    I hope you’ll stick around my little corner of the cybersphere.

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  • MissLaStew | January 6th, 2013 8:15 pm

    Just watched Dateline and was moved to tears. You guys are such amazing people that are genuinely good to the core. Your story just blows me away. Will definitely purchase this book.

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  • Carolyn Savage | January 7th, 2013 9:25 am

    Wow…thank you so much. I hope you enjoy reading our story. I would love to hear back from you when you are finished. I’m very interested in how people will view the book knowing the happy ending that isn’t a part of the original story!

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  • Marilyn | January 6th, 2013 8:22 pm

    I just watch your story and is so unbelievable, yet so real. I truly believe God choose the right people to give birth to Logan and he choose all this wonder people tou have known in this great journey. Please kept us post Ile these 3 bundle of joy grows Logan, Reagan Linda and Isabella Jennifer. All 3 are a blessing from above.

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  • Carolyn Savage | January 7th, 2013 9:23 am

    Hi Marilyn, You are so right. All three of these little lives are incredible blessings. I sometimes wonder if any of them would “be” if none of this ever happened. I hesitate to employ the cliche of “it was meant to be” (if you read our book you will learn I have grave issues with that sentiment when it comes to unwelcome developments in life), but I do believe there is imploring evidence of divine intervention in our journey.

    Welcome to my little neck-of-the-cyber-woods. I love to write here about gratitude, perspective and perseverance. Of course, updates about our tiny family are all part of the story telling.

    Thanks so much for your comment.

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  • Faith... | January 6th, 2013 8:36 pm

    Are their talks in the works about a movie?????? If not…why not!!!

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  • Carolyn Savage | January 7th, 2013 9:20 am

    The short answer is yes. The long answer is that Hollywood is kind of a screwy place. (Shocking…I know.) Our story has been optioned but it’s kind of sitting in the hands of some producers and not really going anywhere. We will see if it ever makes it. Honestly, I’m okay with it staying within the confines of our words, but if it’s meant to go to Lifetime…or Hallmark…or where ever, than it will.

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  • Sarah | January 7th, 2013 11:18 am

    I read your book right when it came out and I loved it. I am in awe over what an amazing thing you did for Logan and his parents. I have two IVF babies and to read/watch about you going through what all IVF parents fear was heartbreaking. You and your husband are true servants of the Lord! I am heartwarmed to know that there are people like you that fill our world.

    I will admit that I was bummed not to learn more about Logan in the “update”–with new footage? Do you still get to see him? I’m very happy that your family got your happy ending with your twin daughters! What a gorgeous family of 7+1! And how full-circle to use a surrogate to complete the story.

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  • Carolyn Savage | January 7th, 2013 2:43 pm

    Hi Sarah, You know, Logan is doing great. He is 3 now, and doing everything 3 year old little boys do. Dateline asked the Morells for an update but they declined. They decided they only want pictures of him that were published in their book (Misconception, Howard Books, 2010) to be available publicly. Dateline was very respectful of their wishes. We continue to be very, very respectful of their wishes. So. although there was no new footage of him, rest assured, he is doing great and we do get to see him!

    Thanks so much for your kind words. They mean more to us than you will ever know!


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  • Robbin | January 7th, 2013 12:46 pm

    Loved your follow-up interview on Dateline. Thanks for reminding me that good can come from any heartbreak. God bless you and your family. Love your blog!

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  • Carolyn Savage | January 7th, 2013 2:44 pm

    Thanks, Robbin. Good can come from any heartbreak, as long as all the proper variables are in place. I just posted about this very thing. Give my latest post a read!

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  • Alicia | January 7th, 2013 4:07 pm

    Hi Carolyn,

    I just seen the program on Dateline. I have to say, what an amazing story of selflessness. I am so very inspired by what you did for the other family, it just stuck in my mind and I had to tell you that. Despite your own pain, you understood that it was a chance at life and love for that little boy. Congrats on the birth of your twin daughters, what a gift!

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  • Diana | January 8th, 2013 12:57 am

    I just caught the end of the Dateline show last night, and then bought your book. I just finished crying my way through it! What an amazing story. I was thrilled to learn about your twins. May God bless you and your family forever and ever.

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  • Carolyn Savage | January 8th, 2013 5:35 pm

    Diana, Thank you so much for your kind message. I am so glad our story inspired you. Blessings right back at you! C

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  • Jann | January 13th, 2013 3:30 pm

    Hi Carolyn,
    The Dateline story stayed with me for days. I was so struck by the goodness of not only you and your husband but by your father’s reaction, too. In a time when life is disposable, you chose to honor it – The irony is, they would allow you to terminate the child, but would not allow you to keep it! Strange world. When I told the whole story of the inate goodness of the two of you to my significant other (especially of you, because of all the doctoring, pain, worrying, illess, etc., and life threatening issues) he was in awe, too, of the selflessness of both of you. You asked my why Logan’s other mother did not serve as surrogate for you? Did this ever come up???

    I explained how crushing it was to see your husband weep at giving up that son to others. It tore me up. I had 3 high risk pregnancies and only 1 live son. I prayed to God to make me as good a person as the two of you. How proud for you I was to hear your sons speak so highly of you! What a tribute! If only all families could be so happy and well adjusted. So happy for your twins – You deserve it!

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