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Update From INCIID the Heart - The first and only national IVF scholarship program.Last Updated: October 19, 2006
This article is part of the October 2006 INCIID Insights Newsletter
From INCIID the Heart Update
October 31, INCIID celebrates the one year anniversary birthday of the first Heart baby's entry into the world.
Shewanda and Carl Harris were one of the first couples to apply for a scholarship. Shewanda had one miscarriage and two ectopic pregnancies. According to Dr Mory Nouriani, “Shewanda’s case was an exceptionally difficult one. Her prior surgeries left her with one remaining ovary which had been scarred down, and we were only able to obtain 6 eggs from that remaining ovary. Despite the up-hill battle, we were elated that her cycle was successful.” Shewanda’s only hope to conceive was through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). At an average cost of over $10,000 per attempt, IVF was financially out of reach for the Harrises. View a video clip go here.
INCIID continues to take applications for its unique IVF scholarship program. The program is intended to help those who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment when IVF is the recommended in the next step of their infertility journey.
By the end of this year, we expect to have a dozen children here who would not have had a chance to be born. We are so pleased, Organon Inc. is once again providing stimulation medications for those chosen. We have more than 25 clinics donating between 1 - 12 free cycles of IVF. We call the doctors of these very special clinics: "Doctors with Heart!"
Applications are accepted year round. The free standing selection committee meets three to four times a year to discuss and review the applications. The process from receipt of application to assignment to a clinic (if selected) takes anywhere from six to twelve months. All applicants must be prepared to pay for any additional costs not covered by the program as outlined in the FAQ.
INCIID Insights is sponsored by Sher Institutes for Reproductive Medicine.
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