Family Shares Story of Frozen Egg Baby
LEAWOOD, Kan. — She is the first baby born in the metro area and the entire state of Kansas using a frozen egg. Her name is Morgan Bell and on Wednesday, the infertility doctor who helped make her life possible got to meet her.
It was November of last year when Jessica and Ryan Dickson saw their sweet baby for the first time. Fast forward to today and that ultrasound picture returned to the doctor’s office, life and in person.
Dr. Sam Kim, who performed the frozen egg implantation, met baby Morgan saying, “Oh my gosh! I am so excited! There’s so much joy. This is the joy of my job anyway. Yes! Oh wow! I see a beautiful human being.”
Dr. Kim says freezing a woman’s eggs is very difficult because they are large cells. But, Dr. Kim says baby Morgan is living proof it can work.
The Dicksons decided to freeze Jessica’s eggs after encountering fertility issues. They had Dr. Kim thaw the eggs and fertilize them in August. Two weeks ago Baby Morgan arrived. The Dicksons say they would consider doing it again, but would also consider adoption.
The vitrification procedure is expensive, about $8000.00 for the initial retrieval of the eggs, and there is no guarantee it will result in a pregnancy later.
It worked for the Dicksons and someday they plan to tell baby Morgan how she came to be.
“I think it’s very special how much we went through to bring her into this world and I think that’s really special for her to know at some point the challenges that we faced and how important and how much we wanted to bring her into our lives and the lengths we went to.”