On Family Day this Sunday, Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area is celebrating the success of new beginnings for nearly 1,100 people. Family Day will also spotlight the moving and remarkable success of one family in particular.
In October 2003, Carmen Pack was taking a walk with her children Alana, 7 and Troy, 10, when a drunk driver swerved across the road, killing both children. The immense pain, trauma and loss she endured was devastating. But above all, she wanted to become a mother again.
At age 44, her low ovarian reserve wouldn’t allow for a pregnancy. An egg donor would be necessary. Her niece, Pamela, offered to help Carmen and become her egg donor. Eggs retrieved from Pamela were then fertilized with Carmen’s husband’s sperm.
After a transfer of two embryos, Carmen was the hopeful mother-to-be for two twin boys. But the drunk driver trial proved too stressful for her body to endure, and she tragically lost both boys nearing her sixth month of pregnancy.
“I was put on this earth to be a mother, and I had a lot missing after my children were taken from me,” Carmen explains. “I knew I couldn't give up until I was a mother again.”
On May 29, 2006, Carmen’s dream came true with the birth of Noelle. Now age six, Carmen and Bob treasure every minute with Noelle.
Their physician, Dr. Louis Weckstein of Reproductive Science Center, took a personal interest in working with Carmen and Bob.
“After the devastation they had been through, I wanted to give them hope,” Dr. Weckstein explains. “I told her we wouldn’t stop until we had succeeded.”
Carmen and Bob will join hundreds of other couples on August 19th for Family Day with Reproductive Science Center. Family Day is a celebration centered around families overcoming infertility struggles and having a baby.
Family Day Event Info:
Who: Nearly 1,100 new babies, former patients, fertility doctors and happy families. Approximately 400 children ages 1-12 years old will be in attendance.
What: An invite-only patient reunion at Little Hills Ranch to have fun and celebrate their families. There will be nearly 20 different fun activities for adults and children to enjoy.
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Reproductive Science Center:
Established in 1983, two years after the first successful birth through in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the U.S., Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area has been a pioneering fertility medical practice. RSC was responsible for the nation’s second successful birth of a baby from a frozen embryo and is recognized today for its pregnancy rates and work with egg donors and egg donation for patients from northern California, the Western United States, Asia, India and around the world for patients pursuing medical tourism. www.rscbayarea.com