Why we’re donating our last embryos – story sold to Daily MirrorPosted: September 16, 2010
Tracy and Michael Williams’ emotional real life story about how they are giving away their embryos to another couple was printed in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper yesterday.
Selling your story to a newspaper or magazine is often about more than just how much money you can earn.
For Tracy and her husband Michael it was about promoting something that is sometimes a taboo subject – what to do with embryos left over from IVF.
The couple, who have no children, had always hoped that they would see these two embryos – created ten years ago when they had IVF treatment – develop into two children of their own. But sadly a few months ago Tracy underwent a hysterectomy. It spelt the end of any hopes of giving birth herself.
But rather than have their embryos destroyed or donated for scientific research (which are the other options) the couple have decided to give them to another infertile couple.
Says Tracy: “Even if she becomes pregnant, we will be giving up all rights to what are essentially our own flesh and blood babies. But under UK laws any children will have the right to trace us. So we still hope that this way not only can we give our embryos a chance of life but they will give hope to another couple. And who knows maybe we will still become parents and our children will come knocking at our door one day.”