Couple who had IVF treatment advertise 18 leftover embryos on Craigslist so other families in need can adopt them

A couple who had IVF treatment after struggling to conceive for years have advertised their 18 leftover embryos on Craigslist so they can donate them to others in need.

Deb and Kevin McCrea had two boys after undergoing fertility treatment and a baby girl after In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) when they were left with 18 embryos.

Left with the option of donating them to a clinic or giving them away for stem cell research, the McCreas decided on an ‘open adoption’ as they wanted to be involved in the children's lives. 

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Donation: Deb and Kevin McCrea had two boys after undergoing fertility treatment and a baby girl after In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) but were left with 18 embryos

Donation: Deb and Kevin McCrea had two boys after undergoing fertility treatment and a baby girl after In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) but were left with 18 embryos

'When my daughter was born, I went months and months just thinking I just don't want to sign, I'm just not ready to sign them yet,' Deb told WHOtv.com.

'I don't want to give up that right to see pictures of that child and compare that child to ours, and see what they would have looked like and if they're healthy and happy.'

She then decided on an unusual way to advertise the embryos to families in need of donation and fulfill her wish of seeing the children grow up.

'One day I was just looking on Craigslist and I saw that they had a discussion forum and I thought why don't I look on here and see if there's anybody that's in that process right now that might be interested in donating and having more of an open adoption of the embryos.'

Unique: Deb decided to advertise the embryos on Craigslist to other families in need of donation

Unique: Deb decided to advertise the embryos on Craigslist to other families in need of donation

Her only condition was that the families she donated the embryos to - free of charge - would send the McCreas yearly updates and photographs of the children.

After much deliberation and research, the McCreas decided to donate nine embryos to a family in Chicago, and nine to a family in Florida.

'We would love to be able to visit and so far that's the plan,' said Deb. 'If that doesn’t happen and they go back on this I'm not going to sue the people that's for sure.'

'I think they have a  right to privacy if that's what they end up choosing is right for them as long as we still get the picture and the update, then we're still getting a whole lot more than we would have if we would have just anonymously donated or given them to medical research,' she added.

Playful: Hunter was born after Deb and Kevin had IVF treatment

Playful: Hunter was born after Deb and Kevin had IVF treatment

Joy: Deb gave birth to Carter after struggling to conceive for years

Joy: Deb gave birth to Carter after struggling to conceive for years

Happy: Kerynn was born after Deb and Kevin had IVF treatment, leaving the couple with 18 spare embryos

Happy: Kerynn was born after Deb and Kevin had IVF treatment, leaving the couple with 18 spare embryos

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