And so here we are....an older couple who are able to conceive through IVF, and most probably an egg donor, who give birth to twin girls and then walk away because they aren't boys. If they really were that concerned with sex selection they could have gone to any place that offered PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) legally and only used male embryos. Even if they couldn't do that, I am sure that they would have been subjected to many ultrasounds in order to track the health of these babies and once they found out they were girls made arrangements for adoption.
I was thinking about how heartbreaking it must be for Intended parents out there struggling with their own journey through IVF and other ART associated trips to read about a couple that COULD just up and walk away. It's sad, confusing and makes for a case regarding WHO is mentally stable enough to start a family! A family that the IP's may, on the day of the actual BIRTH, abandon!
I would love to have your thoughts!
Couple abandons IVF 'wrong sex' babies
By staff writers
May 29, 2008 12:05pm
· British couple abandons newborn IVF twin girls
· Indian-born couple say they only wanted boys
· IVF performed in India due to age of couple
HOSPITAL workers in Britain were left stunned after a couple reportedly abandoned IVF twin girls immediately after giving birth because they weren't boys. The couple of Indian heritage but who live as British citizens in the city of Birmingham told medical staff directly after the Caesarean section delivery they weren't going to accept the girls as they were the "wrong sex", UKtabloid The Sun reported.
The husband even reportedly asked staff at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton how soon his wife would be fit enough to fly to India to have renewed fertility treatment in an attempt to have boys to carry on the family name.
The couple had undergone IVF treatment in India because with the mother aged 59 and the father a 72-year-old they were deemed too old to undergo the procedure in Britain.
The Sun quotes a source at the hospital as saying: “Everyone is utterly appalled. How could any parent do this? “This is Britain in the 21st century. But they just weren't prepared to raise these two beautiful girls.” Female babies are often abandoned and sometimes left for dead or killed in India by traditional families who only value male offspring.
Following the discharge of the mother, who ignored medical advice that she should rest in hospital, the babies have been transferred to another hospital in Birmingham
where they have received no visitors.
British authorities have told The Sun they are investigating the matter.