KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Old friends and new can connect on Facebook, but the social media service may be helping a Tennessee couple expand their family.
It all started back in December 2014, when Angel Watts of Mount Juliet posted on Facebook that she was hoping someone would adopt her six remaining frozen embryos. She didn’t want the embryos to be discarded or destroyed, and didn’t want them to go to just anyone.
She knew the moment the right couple responded.
Rayn Galloway and her husband Richard have endured five years of infertility.
Now thanks to the Watts and that now-famous Facebook post, the Galloways are excited about their chances of becoming parents.
“We just want healthy and happy babies. That’s our big goal,” said Rayn Galloway.
Watts said posting on Facebook just made sense. She didn’t want the embryos to be forgotten. The six embryos were housed at the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville.
“Basically, if you’re leaving it up to chance, what you’re doing is, you’re saying, ‘You know what? You guys don’t matter. I got what I needed, the six of you, you don’t matter. I’m just going to turn my head the other way, give you away, and not put any thought to it. Good luck, you know.’ No! These are potential babies,” said Watts.
The two families met in January and clicked. They’ve become close friends.
They were a big support group on a big day, as an emotional Galloway got ready for the procedure to implant two embryos into her womb. It was several months of planning and waiting.
Dr. Jeffrey Keenan is Medical Director of the National Embryo Donation Center.
“What Rayn had to do,” he explained, “was come in and be examined, make sure she was an appropriate candidate, we had to do some initial trial testing on her, everything checked out, and in the last few weeks we have been preparing her lining, lining of her uterus, to accept embryos.”
The implantation process only took a few minutes. Through ultrasound, Galloway can actually see where the embryos were placed, and hopefully, will take hold.
Dr. Keenan says there is a 46 percent chance that this will lead to a pregnancy and birth. About 25 percent of the time, twins are born. There is a 4 percent chance a family will get triplets.