My best friend since college A have always prayed and wished for a child of their own for 14 years. She and his husband had gone a lot of treatment, either scientifically or other alternative medicine, hoping to get pregnant butsadly none had happened.
Then she learned about In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedure. She and her husband saved enough fund to go to Metro Manila and try it 4 years ago. But sadly, in spite of everything the procedure failed and they went home with heavy hearts and empty pockets.
But life must go on for both of them. They decided to just focus more on their business. Then she met a friend that has gone through IVF as well that made her want to try the procedure one more time. She was so determined and readied herself and as well as their fund, considering how much the procedure will cost.
Then on August last year, they went not to Metro Manila this time, but to Cebu City to avail the procedure again.
What is an In Vitro Fertilization?
In vitro fertilization or fertilisation (IVF) is a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body: in vitro("in glass"). The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman's ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova(egg or eggs) from the woman's ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a liquid in a laboratory. The fertilised egg (zygote) is cultured for 2–6 days in a growth medium and is then implanted in the same or another woman's uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.
In my friend’s case, there were 4 ova harvested from her and were fertilized with his husband’s sperms. Two of the fertilized eggs were then implanted back to her while the two were stored for the future. How happy the couple were when the test result came out the A was pregnant with a twin. But unfortunately, one had lost his battle after 8 weeks, but still very happy that one had survived and was born at 37 weeks gestation. Beautiful and healthy baby boy born via caesarean section and weighing 6.0 pounds. (I was jumping with joy, when I received the news!)
|The Miracle Baby Boy|
Undergoing an IVF procedure is no joke, one should be on complete bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy period until the delivery. A very vulnerable pregnancy where one should follow all the doctor’s instructions in which my friend complied without fail.
The IVF procedure, medications and the delivery/operation were really expensive, plus their daily expenses while staying in Cebu City for a year, hah! I can’t imagine how much they have spent. But money is not an issue because they really have prepared for it. They worked harder with full support from the family and relatives. Actually, she is planning to undergo the same procedure with her remaining ova stored in the laboratory.
Last week when I went for a vacation in my hometown, I was able to meet, seen and touched the million pesos miracle baby. I can feel the fulfillment of my dear friend; her husband and the rest of the family are feeling right now.
Seeing the child with his overly loaded with happiness mom, I realized that miracle does happen. She asked and prayed with faith to the Lord and also did their part thru science, then it was given to her.