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Case of frozen embryos

Dr. Meyer, dedicated to Quaker, needed a little more time, careful counseling, but he’s grateful for the peace Noah owed. “We both decided,” said Dr. Prizant, “to see having only one child as an opportunity to have more resources to serve many children through our work.”

Reading the second letter, which asked for $ 500 like the first, shocked Dr. Meyer. He left a voice message in the hospital. A few days later, he spoke to a man who turned out to be a clerk in the billing department.

“I tell you, there are no embryos,” said Dr. Meyer, asking him to contact the lab.

He had been waiting for a call for weeks. Nothing. He called the clerk again. “I confirmed with the laboratory, there are two frozen embryos,” said the clerk.

Mrs. Meyer was stunned, silent. Then he spoke. “Do you understand how serious this is?” he said.

She was driving home from South Kingstown a few days later when the then director of the Women և Fertility Center, then-doctor Ruben Alvero, called for confirmation. “We have your two embryos,” he said.

He pulled his car to the side of the road.

The embryos, according to Dr. Alvero, were found in a glass bottle at the bottom of the tank. He told her that there was a crack in the vial, which meant that the embryos had been subjected to nitrogen cooling for possibly a decade. “He’s probably not viable,” he said, apologizing.

Dr. Meyer told Dr. Alvero that it was too much to fall off the road. In December of that year, a meeting was held between Dr. Meyer and her husband, Dr. Alketo’s Richard Hackett, who helped set up and run the IVF Laboratory for Women and Newborns. Dr. Frishman, who was Dr. Meyer’s chief physician and still works for the Women-Newborn staff, did not attend.


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