Three Stories About Reproductive Technology
What do the stories of a grieving mother, a couple traveling to India, and a fictional character have in common? All three stories involve people using reproductive technology to have a baby.
In aLadies Home Journal article,Jackie Hance describes the incomprehensible loss of all three of her young daughters one summer afternoon. On July 26, 2009, Hance's sister-in-law, Diane Schuler, was driving the girls and her own kids home from a camping trip when she drove the wrong way on New York's Taconic State Parkway. In a head-on collision, the three Hance girls, along with Schuler, Schuler's two-year-old daughter, and three passengers in the other car died. An autopsy indicated that Schuler had been drinking and smoking marijuana, although Schuler's husband insists that there must be another explanation.
Hance describes how she has survived such a loss, supported by friends who cooked meals for an entire year and continued to come get her for their morning runs. She also accepted a fertility doctor's offer of free IVF services (Hance previously had a tubal ligation). The treatment gave her something to focus on, though she wasn't sure she could go through with having an embryo transferred to her womb. But then she had a dream.
I was standing in heaven and I could see Emma, Alyson, and Katie through these big gates. God would not let me inside the gates. He said that I had been given a gift from that doctor and I had to use his gift before I could be with my babies. So, almost in a daze, ...1