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Couple advertise leftover IVF embryos on the Internet

A couple who had 18 spare embryos after IVF shift them online

Posted: 15 May 2012
by Sophie Westnedge
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The couple advertised 18 embryos online

An American couple, who underwent IVF treatment, have advertised 18 leftover embryos online in an “open adoption”.

Deb and Kevin McCrea were left with 18 spare embryos after having fertility treatment and becoming parents to two boys and a girl, reports the Daily Mail.

The couple had several options for the spare embryos, including donating the embryos to a clinic or for stem cell research. They decided to advertise the embryos to families in need online so that the children would be able to grow up.

“One day I was just looking on Craigslist and I saw that they had a forum and I thought why don’t I look on here and see if there’s anybody that’s in that process right now that might be interested in donating and having more of an open adoption of the embryos,” said Deb.

Deb said that the “open adoption” only had one condition, the families could have the embryos free of charge if they agreed to send the McCrea’s yearly updates and photos of the children. The McCrea’s decided, after much research, to donate nine embryos to a family in Chicago and the other nine to a family in Florida.

“We would love to be able to visit and so far that’s the plan,” said Deb. “If that doesn’t happen and they go back on this I’m not going to sue people that’s for sure.”

“I think they have a right to privacy if that’s what they end up choosing is right for them as long as we still get the picture and the update, then we’re still getting a whole lot more than we would have if would have just anonymously donated or given them to medical research,” she said.

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