Inconceivable: A Medical Mistake, the Baby We Couldn't Keep and Our Choice to Deliver the Ultimate Gift
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A medical mistake during an IVF procedure. An unthinkable situation . . . you’re pregnant with the wrong baby. You can terminate, but you can’t keep him.

What choice would you make?


We’d been trying to expand our family for years. When we underwent an IVF transfer in February 2009, we knew it would be our last. If we became pregnant, we’d celebrate our baby as an answer to our prayers. If not, we’d be grateful for the family we had and leave our fertility struggles behind forever.

We never imagined a third option. The pregnancy test was positive, but the clinic had transferred the wrong embryos. I was pregnant with someone else’s baby.

That news left us faced with a series of gut wrenching decisions: terminate the pregnancy, sue for custody, or hand over the infant to his genetic parents upon delivery. Knowing that I was carrying another couple’s beloved child, we did what we prayed the other family would do for us if the situation was reversed.

We decided to give the ultimate gift, the gift of life, to a family we had never met.


Our Book

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 our faith, our relationship to our church, and our marriage, Inconceivable is ultimately a testament to love. We loved this baby, making it impossible for us to imagine how we could give him life and then give him away.

In the end, Inconceivable is a story of what it is to be a parent, someone who nurtures a life, protects a soul, only to release that child into the world long before you’re ready to let him go.

Praise for Inconceivable

“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. This is a very special story.”

Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture

“A remarkable book. Inconceivable provides an intimate portrait of two special people who nurture and birth a child only to unselfishly place it in the arms of another. Surely there will be crowns in heaven for the Carolyn and Sean Savage’s of the world.”

Ron Hall, co-author, Same Kind of Different As Me

“What’s inconceivable is how two people can come to love and embrace a baby they know they will have to give away. The Savages open their hearts so deeply, they open our minds to what it really means to be a parent. This baby was placed in the wrong womb but was placed in the right hearts. This book is a blessing for all who feel life has handed them a challenge that seems unbearable and inconceivable.”

Regina Brett, author of God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours

“Everything I ever dream about in ultimate love, compassion and selflessness is portrayed in this real life story of the Savage family. Their sincere goodness elevates us all.”

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, SiriusXM talk host, author of 12 New York Times bestsellers including,
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands



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