The Tragedy and Hope of Ectopic Pregnancy

This began as something else. I set out to present an objectively reasoned answer to the question, “Is it right to participate in an abortion if the mother’s life is at stake?” but I was interrupted by sadness. My plan was to dedicate a later post to ectopic pregnancies, but the more I explored the issue the more sympathy I felt for parents presented with that scenario.

I tried to imagine sitting next to my wife as a doctor told us our child was going to die and that Jeni was in a life threatening situation as well. What do you say to news like that? Once your heart starts to beat again, your lungs reengage, and your stomach uncoils, you look to your wife to see horror and heartache collide in her stunned expression. The words I wouldn’t be able to find wouldn’t be heard anyway due to the thumping of her heart. The physical comfort I’d be too frozen to provide wouldn’t be noticed due to the numbness in her body. I’d feel hopeless. As the sadness hovered like a San Francisco fog, I came to realize there’s no easy way to talk about an ectopic pregnancy.

But why? Why was I emotionally exhausted trying to fully understand an ectopic pregnancy? Why was it so hard to write about? Why did I feel burdened? Frustrated, I pushed away from the computer and went to bed, and as I teetered on the edge of lucidity and slumber I realized why I felt that way. It’s because when I write about an ectopic pregnancy, I’m writing about a family walking through the crippling grief of losing a child. I’m writing about the death of a loved one and that’s sacred ground. Acknowledging the weight of mourning, I tried to appreciate the hopelessness of the diagnosis as well and I began to feel a righteous anger rising from deep within.

The anger wasn’t directed at the mothers and fathers who’ve had to make a choice like that. To be angry at those moms and dads would be like getting angry at a family who was burned horribly in a forest fire and ignoring the arsonist responsible for the flames. No, I feel deep sympathy for them. The anger was directed at those who’ve worked so hard to create and perpetuate a culture of abortion. The indignation pressed against a medical community that seems to have given up on some of the most desperate and defenseless among us.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic means an abnormal place or position, and in the specific case of pregnancy it refers most commonly to when a developing baby implants itself in the Fallopian Tube instead of the uterus. According to the Center for Disease Control, “Ectopic pregnancies are the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in the first trimester and account for 9% of all pregnancy-related deaths in this country.” The reason ectopic pregnancies are so serious is because if the baby continues to develop in the Fallopian Tube he would outgrow the space and cause the tube to rupture. The result is severe, almost always fatal internal bleeding. It’s a dangerous scenario to be sure.

Danger to the mother is normally avoided because at least 50% of the time ectopic pregnancies end with a miscarriage. It’s those that manage to survive that present a dilemma to parents and physicians. At least it should. To the morally and ethically sensitive physician this should be an agonizing scenario, communicated with tenderness and treated with compassion. Every time he has to tell a mother her child is putting her life at risk, he should tremble. There should be scores of physicians and medical researchers sleeplessly devising a way to remedy the situation and rescuing both mother and child. But I couldn’t find them.

Website after website, article after article, forum after forum echoed the same discouraging chorus, “no medical technology exists to move an ectopic pregnancy from the Fallopian tubes to the uterus.” And true as that statement may be, it’s the fact that the idea almost always stood alone that haunted me. I didn’t find a single reference to the research being done. No articles pointed to courageous physicians trying to redeem these maladies. I almost never read a comment to a frightened mother that included the simple, yet hopeful word “yet.” Is this really a tunnel with no light at the end?

What do we do with ectopic pregnancies?

There are two basic methods for addressing an ectopic pregnancy: abortion using a drug called Methotrexate or a surgery that removes the child or both the child and the Fallopian Tube from the mother. The Methotrexate abortion procedure is cheaper, faster, and theoretically poses less risk than the surgery so it’s selected by many as the proper course of action. While neither are positive options, they aren’t the focus here. My question is simplistic in form but challenging in intent, “Why isn’t there another option?”

The old proverb, “necessity is the mother of invention” transcends because it’s so simple and so true. When faced with seemingly impossible situations we have the wonderful tendency to find a way. We found a way to capture a moment in a photograph, to cure numerous diseases, and to cross the widest ocean because a need was present and someone met that need.

What moved Jonas Salk to find a cure for Polio? People were dying and needed to be helped.

Why did James Lind work to cure Scurvy? People were dying and needed to be helped.

Where did Edward Jenner find the motivation to cure Smallpox?  People dying and needed to be helped.

How drastically different is our approach to ectopic pregnancy? Instead of mustering the ingenuity to create and the persistence to endure until a heroic solution is discovered, we just eliminate the “necessity” by removing the person from the equation. No need, no invention, no hope.

Why can’t we move an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus? They say we don’t know how. Not knowing how, though, isn’t the problem. The problem is our apparent contentment with our ignorance. Why are we content with futility in this area? Is it because the procedure is too hard? Are we afraid for the life of the mother? Is it just so improbable it’s not worth the time and money? We don’t behave that way with Cancer or A.I.D.S. so why have we accepted defeat here? It’s probably a combination of things, but beneath all the “reasons” is the reality that our culture of abortion has created a necessity vacuum and thus removed our motivation to find a way.

Searching for hope.

Especially in the medical field, necessity begets invention but the learning curve is steep and the cost is extremely high. Dr. Ben Carson is arguably the best pediatric neurosurgeon on the planet and he recently gave a speech at Emory University where he spoke of the high price of medical learning.

“Not everything that we do, obviously, is successful. And that really is, kind of, the history of surgery. You know, the first kidney transplants, disastrous. Heart transplants, lung transplants, liver transplants, disastrous. You’d say, “why even bother?” But things were learned and that accumulated knowledge made it possible to be able to do those things so vitally important….”

“…You think about Walter Dandy, the incredible neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins many decades ago. The first one to do all kinds of things. The first one to operate on the posterior fossa. People said, ‘you can’t operate back there, the compartment’s too small, the brain will swell, they will die.’ But he operated on somebody with a lesion of the posterior fossa, and they died. And another, and they died. And another, and they died. The first thirteen, they all died. Can you imagine how discouraged he must have been? I can’t even imagine what he said to the fourteenth patient. When they said how’d the other thirteen do? He probably said, ‘nobody’s complaining,’ but, you know, the fact of the matter is he just, he kept it up and now we’re able to do posterior fossa operations quite safely and quite routinely.”

“And now we’re able to do posterior fossa operations quite safely and quite routinely.” That’s quite the jump from “you can’t operate back there, the compartment’s too small, the brain will swell, they will die.”

What if we stopped using Methotrexate to take the lives of these children and instead began attempting to move the baby from its ectopic location to the uterus. Maybe the first dozen, or first hundred, or first thousand would die, but eventually we’d figure out a way to get it done. Maybe a mother could find some comfort in the fact that her baby died so another could live. Maybe a father could mourn the loss of his son while finding reassurance that he’d never lose another in the same way because we finally figured out how to do it. Maybe one day, rescuing a baby from and ectopic implantation and saving the mother both physically and maternally would be done “quite safely and quite routinely.”

Dr. C.J. Wallace shared Dr. Carson’s sentiment and focused his hope directly at the idea of re-implanting an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus,

“In this day of advanced surgery, with the art of transplanting different parts, and, in fact organs of the body, I wonder at the escape of so important a procedure, entailing so little danger, as the transplanting of an ectopic pregnancy from the fallopian tube into the uterus, thus permitting the child to develop and be born as was its intention before its progress was obstructed…”

“… I think we should make a supreme attempt to save the life of the growing child by opening the tube carefully and dissecting out the pregnancy intact and transplanting it into the uterus where nature intended it should go. It can be very quickly done. It does not endanger the life of the mother and may be her only chance to bear a child.”

Dr. Wallace penned those words in Volume XXIV of the medical journal, “Surgery, Gynecology, and Obstetrics” found in the Harvard Medical Library. That “day of advanced surgery” was January 1917, almost 100 years ago! What could he possibly know right? He had no access to MRI or ultrasound, X-ray technology was rudimentary at best, and he couldn’t possibly know the true improbability of the surgery he proposes. So what gives Dr. Wallace credibility on this topic? The fact that in September of 1915 he successfully pulled it off.

“I found an ectopic gestation in the left tube,” which was “enlarged to the size of a walnut… Knowing their anxiety for raising a child, I decided to try, at least, the only thing at hand – to transplant the ectopic pregnancy. … I carefully opened the tube and dissected the pregnancy out intact, being careful not to injure the sac in any way by keeping wide away and including part of the tub wall. It came out very easily and was in size about equal to a large olive. It was at once placed within the cavity of the open uterus… The tube was closed in like manner and left in place. The patient was watched carefully… for two weeks with no symptoms whatever. … The pregnancy went on normally to full term and resulted in the natural birth of a fine boy, fully developed and without a scar, May 2, 1916.”

1916. Let that sink in for just a moment. World War I was in full swing, Woodrow Wilson was president, BMW and Boy Scouts started, the Cubs played their first game in Wrigley Field, Walter Cronkite was born and Jack London died, and Margaret Sanger opened the first U.S. Birth Control clinic which was the forerunner to Planned Parenthood. And a twenty-seven year old woman  delivered the healthy baby boy that Dr. C.J. Wallace successfully transplanted from the Fallopian Tube to the uterus. He even said, “I have not the least doubt that many such transplanted ectopic pregnancies will be reported in the near future. We may and will have failures in this as in other transplantation procedures, but there is not the danger involved in this transplantation that there is in many of the others.” But for some reason, ninety-seven years later, after putting people on the moon, coding the Human Genome, and cloning sheep we can’t clone Dr. Wallace’s success. In fact, the diagnosis remains one of utter despair.

Culture of death

It goes back to necessity. Dr. Wallace discovered a medical trauma putting two lives at risk and had to do something. He saved both lives. But we’ve eliminated the necessity. About the time the boy Dr. Wallace rescued turned twenty-six, a group of Supreme Court justices decided children like him weren’t actually children after all. And the logic flows that since they aren’t children, there’s no need to rescue them.

Roe v. Wade was argued on behalf of the health and welfare of women to the detriment of children, females included. However, studies show that life-threatening ectopic pregnancies, the ones that are the leading cause of pregnancy related deaths, have seen a “300 percent increase since abortion was legalized. In 1970, the incidence was 4.8 per 1,000 births; by 1980 it had risen to 14.5 per 1,000 births.”(1) It has also been discovered that “the risk of an ectopic pregnancy is twice as high for women who have had one abortion, and up to four times as high for women with two or more previous abortions.”(2) In an effort to “improve women’s health,” the unintended consequence of putting even more women in danger was born. Death begetting death.

It’s no small note of irony that the same year this life saving surgery was performed, the life taking eugenics movement took on a brick and mortar manifestation in Margaret Sanger’s first birth control clinic in these United States. Fast forward to today and her institution is the largest abortion provider in the world, and every time we perform an abortion on a child developing ectopically, we’re forfeiting a chance to develop the transplant procedure, increasing the woman’s risk for another ectopic pregnancy, and taking the life of the child.

As an aside, what we’re observing in the management of ectopic pregnancies can be used to predict what will happen with the elderly. Euthanasia is abortion’s older brother and as the Culture of Death continues to persist,we will see reduced necessity to protect the infirm and an increased rate of those euthanized.  It’s inevitable.

What we must do

By removing the necessity to develop the medical skills to routinely perform ectopic transplants, we’ve created the primary moral dilemma used to justify the need for abortion. It’s circular reasoning in practice. However, were we to prohibit abortions, we’d see an intense necessity to save the mother and child, resulting in the mastery of this surgery, reducing the number of abortions, and therefore reducing the frequency of ectopic pregnancies.

But this article isn’t about the law. This is about a spirit of hope. This is about rejecting our macabre state of contentment as a society and pushing our medical minds to solve this problem. This is about being able to tell a mother one day that her baby is implanted ectopically but after a safe and routine procedure both her and the child will be safe. This is about rising up.

We must have the courage to ask our OB-GYN physicians to try transplants. We must be willing to get behind those who would be willing to try. We must continue to educate women and men about the dangerous side effects of abortion, including the increased risk for ectopic pregnancies. We must change the culture.

1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 33 (April 1984).
2. Ann Aschengrau Levin, “Ectopic Pregnancy and Prior Induced Abortion,” American Journal of Public Health (March 1982): 253.
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19 comments

  1. This was a good read and an interesting topic. I think your writing style has improved greatly over the last year or two I’ve been reading your works. I almost made it all the way to the end before I had any issue, but alas, this one came up. If you don’t care, I won’t be offended at all, but we generally have some quality discussions I feel. Do you think putting these two quotes or citations together works?…(1)It has also been discovered that “the risk of an ectopic pregnancy is twice as high for women who have had one abortion, and up to four times as high for women with two or more previous abortions.”(2) In an effort to “improve women’s health,” the unintended consequence of putting even more women in danger was born. Death begetting death…My major issue is with the “even more women” part. Even more women than what? We’re talking about women who have had abortions. The unintended consequence of them having an abortion might be that their life is more in danger the next time they get pregnant, but one woman having an abortion doesn’t make another woman who hasn’t had an abortion any more likely to have ectopic pregnancy, even if the percentages go up in women who have had abortions. Now if part 2 has nothing to do with part 1, which seems to be the case, it’s a little odd to put those two points right next to each other, making it seem like women who get abortions cause other or “more” women to be in danger.

    1. Thanks for reading and thanks for the encouragement. I appreciate it very much. Sorry for not being more clear on the point you brought up. The first phrase, “the risk of an ectopic pregnancy…” is in quotations because it is a direct quote from a cited primary source. The second phrase “improve women’s health” is representative of the general reasoning provided by pro-choice advocates as opposed to my view. I’m not sure how to grammatically remedy that one. Maybe we need another symbol??

      But to the specific question, the “more women” is in reference to the woman who had the abortion. Theoretically, she might not have initially been at risk for an ectopic pregnancy while after the abortion she would be. I say theoretically because I can’t know if she might have had Chlamydia, for example, which would put her at risk with or without having had an abortion.

      So if, and I’m just making numbers up here, a woman has a 10% chance of having an ectopic pregnancy without having had an abortion, her chance jumps to 20% after one abortion and 40% after having two. We might not technically consider the woman at 10% truly “at risk” where a woman at 40% we would. It would probably have been better to write, “puts women at a higher risk” but the point is still the same. The abortion procedure is one that increases a woman’s risk for ectopic pregnancy.

      Does that help?

  2. I reread that over and over again this morning, and couldn’t understand what they meant. Now, after reading your comment, that second quote makes much more sense to me. The way I’m looking at it now is some women have this occur naturally, and by other women getting abortions, those women become the more women that the quote is referring to. When reading the two cited pieces together, I got confuse and must have over analyzed it. And I like your change “puts women at a higher risk” This discussion was a lot easier than previous ones.
    Have you ever thought about writing a book? 😉

  3. Before I even read this, I agreed with you. Anger is my first response and my first question is the same, “Why can’t we move a viable fetus into the uterus?” We can perform heart-surgery on a child still in the womb, but yet we haven’t given any thought to providing an answer for eptopic pregnancies? It is cheaper and goes better with the agenda of our society just to abort the child…sigh. One day, perhaps a brave couple with demand the medical community to take this issue more seriously.

  4. In January 1983, I was having flu like symptoms three weeks after my husband had had a bout of the flu. He was out of town and I and our two children, 10 and 8, were home in a small rural town. The cramping subsided after two days causing me to think maybe it was only a 48 hour virus rather than the flu and I was able finally to get to sleep. About 4:00 AM our new kitten jumped onto my bed and then onto my abdomen. It was such excruciating pain, it woke me up….I tried to get out of the bed and couldn’t walk… I was in serious trouble. I pulled my phone onto the floor and called my sister to come get me immediately and get me to the hospital. They arrived but had to break into my house as it was all locked up and my efforts to drag myself to the front door were a lost cause. They arrived and I was going in and out of consciousness. Thankfully they had called an ambulance to come before they left their house. The EMT’s arrived and knew I was dying on my living room floor. They reported…no viable pulse nor pressure. They put onto my legs “mass trousers” (not sure about spelling) which were used in Vietnam ….they push the blood from the lower extremities up into the abdomen to the vital organs. That bought me time until they could get me into the operating room. The bottom line, after surgery to stop the internal bleeding from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, 9 pints of blood transfused, ( that’s a lot!) and several people praying for me in the OR, I recovered from my “flu”. I am telling this because it can happen so quickly and if you have no idea that you might be pregnant, and ….. you wait to see if you get better…..you can die! It is so painful while the baby is lodged in the tube and then so much relief is experience when it ruptures…#1 you are so thankful for that level of pain to stop so you are grateful to sleep and #2.you have very little time after it ruptures before you bleed to death! The EMT who helped save my life lost his wife 3 months later from the same thing because she thought she had the flu….he was working all night….she called and said she was better and was going to sleep….sadly, she never woke up! That same week, my sister and our OB-GYN’s wife had tubal pregnancies. I had never heard of an ectopic pregnancy and therefore never even knew to consider it as a possibility. All that to say…..young wives need to educated about the possibility of such and absolutely, there has to be a way the baby can be transferred to the uterus so it can grow properly and safely. Sadly it seems so many have no understanding of how deadly a ruptured ectopic is. I nor my sister ever had an abortion so I don’t know about those statistics….just saying , ANYONE can have an ectopic and it can be dangerous, even to the point of death. It is so important for early exams by a physician as soon as you think you might be pregnant. I know this is a totally different slant on this issue than what you were addressing , Ryan, but really wanted to point out how very very dangerous an ectopic pregnancy can be. THanks and hugs to your sweet wife and all those precious children. Sandy Coppage

    1. Thanks for sharing your story, Sandy. Your’s certainly illustrates the dangerous reality that is an ectopic pregnancy. Thankfully, as technology continues to improve, we can identify when pregnancies implant ectopically sooner and hopefully avoid scenarios like what you experienced. Your story is also why we, at the Pregnancy Help and Information Center, send women to the ER immediately when a pregnancy test shows up positive but our nurse cannot detect a uterine pregnancy. We take absolutely no chances. I just wish they would be presented with better options when they arrived. I’m so glad you are reading along and thankful you shared your story. God bless 🙂

  5. First, I think what you wrote is well-written and well-presented.

    However, and not to be too picky about it, the statistics you cited caught my attention and led me to dig deeper. According to a CDC report that showed up when I Googled “ectopic pregnancy death rates,” the following was listed as being more current: “The ectopic pregnancy mortality ratio in the United States decreased from 1.15 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1980–1984 to 0.50 in 2003–2007.” Because I am a little bit of a nerd with numbers, I wanted to have the numbers be apples-to-apples with what you presented, so I did some quick math. The report notes that the rate from 1980-1984 was 1.15 per 100,000, which would make the rate per 1,000 be .0115; likewise with the 2003-07 rates, it would factor down to being .005 per 1,000. Using the statistics you cited, the rate in 1970 would have been 480 per 100,000; in 1980, the rate would have been 1450 per 100,000. There is no denying the rate increased from 1970-1980, but it would appear, at least based off the CDC report (hopefully I can link to it below), that the death rate for ectopic pregnancies has decreased significantly since 1980.

    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6106a2.htm

    1. I appreciate your research. The numbers I shared were simply pointing out the frequency of ectopic pregnancies, not how many of them ended with the mother’s death. The ones you cited refer to “ectopic pregnancy death rates” which I assume point to the mother dying. I have no doubt the death rate for women is far lower today than it would have been in the 80’s, but the frequency of ectopic pregnancies is also higher, which was the point. My friend, Allyson, summed the dilemma up nicely in her comment and I share her heartache and hope,
      “It was basically explained to me that I was a walking time bomb. The thought of leaving my 2 year old and husband alone was more than I could handle. The thought of never holding my precious baby was heart wrenching. Words can’t really describe the situation. It is terrible that the only options are the drug, surgery, or death. I pray that one day there will be another option that ends with life.”

      There should be a better option, or at least we should be striving to find one.

      1. I agree. There should be a better option available, and there should be people striving to find ways to make these types of pregnancies less frequent.

        Thanks for promoting a discussion about this. Reading this post made me want to learn more about something that I had very little understanding of.

  6. When I was 27, I had an ectopic pregnancy. As a young, healthy mother of 1, I never expected that something like that would happen to me. It was devastating. My emotions were all over the place. I had no idea that I was pregnant but I knew that I was in a lot of pain. The shooting pain occurred in my legs. Even though I didn’t know that I was pregnant, my intuition told me to take a test. When the test came back positive, I called my doctor to schedule an appointment. They didn’t want to see me for another 5 weeks. I knew something was wrong, so I pressed and pressed for an appointment the next day. After being examined by my doctor (who told me that everything was fine and that all pregnancies are differ which was why I was feeling concerned), she started to send me on my way. She could tell that I was very concerned, so she ordered an ultrasound which revealed that the pregnancy was ectopic. My husband and I met with the doctor to ask lots of questions. We felt like we had to make a choice of how to proceed, but the reality is that we didn’t have a choice. We asked if there was a way to have the baby moved into the uterus, but were told no. The doctors explained to us that I either had to take the drug or have the surgery. I was too far along for the drug to work (we tried it for 2 weeks) and then had to have surgery which resulted in the loss of a Fallopian tube. We were told the chances of having another child were very slim because of this. I have been blessed to have 2 more since the ectopic pregnancy. I am telling you all of this because this was a devastating time in my life. It was basically explained to me that I was a walking time bomb. The thought of leaving my 2 year old and husband alone was more than I could handle. The thought of never holding my precious baby was heart wrenching. Words can’t really describe the situation. It is terrible that the only options are the drug, surgery, or death. I pray that one day there will be another option that ends with life.

    1. I wish I could do something more than say I’m sorry. What a horrible set of options to have to choose from. Thank you for sharing a little of your soul with me and anyone who would read this post; there’s no doubt your story will be an encouragement to someone faced with similar circumstances. I too hope we perfect a life giving option in the near future.

  7. I had an ectopic pregnancy in October 2014. My doc tried with the injection but it did not work..My HCG was not going down so I was asked to go to ER where they performed ultrasound and decided they need to perform surgery. The right tube where I had ectopic was NOT ruptured yet. Initially we asked about the option of moving the baby to the uterus…
    The ER docs looked at us with surprise and said..No there is no such ways available…

    I wish doc in this field should be more aware of alternative treatment/options…If heart and lung transplant can possible…Why reversing ectopic pregnancy? I am sure..someday..we will win the battle too…Thank u creating this blog…

  8. Having an understanding of how implantation of the blastocyte occurs makes me sceptical that a Dr in the early 1900’s was able to successfully transplant an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus. Going by the excerpt you have used here, he states he simply placed a section of the wall of the tube and pregnancy into the uterus? I don’t see then how the blastocyte then went on to implant into the uterine wall and develop. Just because he wrote about it and published it, doesn’t make it true. I feel that your views on prolife cloud the scientific reasoning behind why surgeries like this are impossible. All of this is not to say that I don’t believe that one day in the future hope might exist for parents diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy and that in the future such transplantation surgeries may be possible, or that medical research into this area shouldn’t be carried out now, but anger towards the medical profession for not having figured out a way to do it already is fruitless. Having suffered an ectopic pregnancy myself and subsequent right sided salpingectomy I have concerns about the misinformation that yourself may provide vulnerable parents suffering from loss of pregnancy, as your statements do not seem scientifically credible

    1. Angela, thank you for your response. I’m afraid my ideas are being confused with the collective ideas from the comments. I don’t hold “anger towards the medical profession for not having figured out a way to do it already,” I am frustrated by the lack of effort. After talking with a local doc and then the ethics people with the Catholic church in America I perceived an “it’s impossible” attitude and I simply want our best and brightest to try.

      I hold no ill will toward any parent who has endured an ectopic pregnancy and the subsequent loss of their child. As of today (June 10,2015) an ectopic pregnancy is fatal for the child and potentially fatal for mom. We also know there isn’t a medical alternative leaving a parent in no place of culpability or guilt. I feel nothing but compassion for parents like yourself. It’s that compassion that led me to share these thoughts.

      I wish an ectopic pregnancy wasn’t a foregone conclusion of fatality. I wish we had a genius way to rescue the child and the mother. I wish we were trying harder. I’m fearful the attitudes in our culture discourage such courageous efforts and that’s the core of this post.

      Finally, it is pro life views that make surgeries possible at all. Why would a doctor strive to perform a heart transplant or brain surgery? I suggest it’s because he believes the patient’s life is worth saving – the doctor is pro life. The only pro life issue our culture debates is when a life is worth saving, or striving to save. I believe life is inherently valuable and begins the moment of conception and therefore we should strive to save the child implanted in danger. To be pro life is to believe every human life matters, has inherent dignity, and is worth fighting for; nothing more, nothing less.

      Finally, because I am not a doctor, nurse, or anything close to a medical professional I work to make sure any information I provide is substantiated. If misinformation was provided it came not from me but passed along by be and came from Dr. C.J. Wallace, Harvard Medical School, and the “Surgery, Gynecology, and Obstetrics” medical journal.

      I do appreciate your participation and am sorry for your loss.

      1. For your information, there are two further recorded cases of successful transplantation of the embryo from the fallopian tube into the the uterus:

        “Term delivery after intrauterine relocation of an ectopic pregnancy”
        JM Pearce, IT Manyonda & GVP Chamberlain
        British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1994 vol.101 pp.716-717

        “Tubal embryo successfully transferred in utero”
        LB Shettles
        American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynacology 1980 vol.163 no.6 pp.2026-2027

        I feel that it is to the shame of the medical profession that these, along with Dr CJ Wallace’s case, are the only published cases I’ve been able to find.

    2. Perhaps part of what helped the baby to reattach is the fact that the surgeon had just removed a fibroid from the uterus and used the open wound from that to place the sac in. I cannot be certain, but maybe that missing piece to the puzzle helps.

  9. Thank you so much for putting this out there! I’ve been struggling to get and keep a pregnancy for almost 2 decades now and it is frustrating, exhausting, and well horrific to have to keep repeating the same cycle. This article has given me hope and I’m sending it to my Dr to demand that he try or put me in contact with someone willing to try to help me achieve my life long dream.

    My heart literally broke today as he told me it could very well be an ectopic and not an intrauterine pregnancy. I’ve been planning to be a mom since I was 5 and this is my 10th pregnancy with not 1 positive result. My partner and I have been trying so hard to overcome the 2 miscarriages we’ve had in the past 2 years and this sent me right back to where I was emotionally in January. This is the albeit small shred of hope I needed to try to survive until next Thursday when we do a repeat ultrasound.

    Oh how I’m praying my hcg levels are rising and that the pregnancy is a healthy one, but if it is not I don’t care what the cost I am going to attempt to have my precious baby transplanted to where he or she belongs!

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