April Moments

Maybe, just maybe, telling the story is just as important as the story itself

Really? I mean, REALLY?

Two stories on the Today Show caught my eye this week.

The first headline, “Woman Implanted with Wrong Embryo to Give Birth,” involves an inconceivable mistake made by a fertility clinic. Carolyn Savage of Sylvania, Ohio, is carrying a baby that is the result of another couple’s embryo being transferred.

Thankfully, Carolyn Savage and her husband Sean decided not to terminate the pregnancy, and Carolyn is going to deliver the baby boy by Cesarean section within the next few weeks. But, she will be faced with the heart-wrenching task of handing over the bundle of blue to his genetic parents.

In the interview with the Today Show’s Meredith Vieira, Carolyn Savage said, “The hardest part is going to be the delivery. I remember communicating with the mother of this child as to what I was envisioning and hoping for. I said, ‘We want a moment to say hello and goodbye.’

“What we expressed to them is that we know they did not ask for this,” Savage continued, as reported on the Today Show Web site. “They were at home with their family minding their own business. We are not going to impress ourselves into their lives. Of course, we will wonder about this child every day for the rest of our lives. We have hopes for him, but they’re his parents, and we’ll defer to their judgment on when and if they ever tell him what happened and any contact that’s afforded us. We just want to know he’s healthy and happy.”

Granted I watched only a five-minute interview with the Savages, but they seem like courageous people. Read the story and watch the interview by clicking on the link provided.

On a lighter, quite ridiculous note, law enforcement officers from four entities in Polk County, Fla., provided an embarrassing display of work ethic during a nine-hour raid at the home of drug dealer Michael Difalco.

A short clip of the undercover officers participating in a Nintendo Wii bowling tournament aired during the Today Show this morning. According to the Tampa Bay Tribune’s Web site, the incident occurred in March.

The sheriff and police chiefs are calling the officers’ behavior embarrassing, inexcusable and inappropriate. I’ve often heard teachers say that character is how you act when no one is watching. Based on that assessment, I would suggest that the officers involved in the Wii bowling tournament/drug raid need to work on their character. Maybe someone should go undercover and investigate these undercover investigators?

Originally published on ovparent.com.

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