A Canadian couple longs for another baby to save the life of their 8-year-old son with leukemia.
As parents, we would do anything to save the lives of our children. For a Canadian couple desperate to help their 8-year-old son beat leukemia, that means having what's been called a "savior baby," a child conceived with the intention of harvesting stem cells from the umbilical cord blood to be infused into a sibling's bone marrow.
Besides the controversial nature of the procedure, Pam and her husband, Michael Obadia, both 47, are also finding difficulty obtaining IVF treatments in their native Canada because the cut-off age for subsidized fertility treatments is 45. Even if they do manage to conceive, having a "savior baby" isn't a guaranteed cure. And the donor child may need to have repeated medical procedures to help prolong the life of his or her sick sibling.
Is this fair to the younger child, who is conceived to help a sibling?