Paralyzed Patient and His Wife Deliver Healthy Baby Boy Following Treatment at Shady Grove Fertility Center
Cade Foundation Grant Provided Funds for Family-Building Procedure
WOODBRIDGE, Va., Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Shady Grove Fertility Center is pleased to announce the birth of Collin James Sharp, born December 8,( )2010 to Jennifer and David Sharp of Richmond, VA. The 7 lb. 15 oz baby boy’s birth was made possible through a partnership of Shady Grove Fertility and the Cade Foundation.
“We have been blessed beyond our imagination,” says Jennifer. “I’ve always wanted children. Financial assistance from the Cade Foundation and advanced treatment options from Shady Grove Fertility made it possible for us to realize our greatest hope.”
David was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident at 19 years of age. When he and Jennifer married, they knew they would face obstacles in building their family. After adopting a son from China, they were hesitant to pursue fertility treatments to have a biological child because of the costs involved.
The Cade Foundation’s Family Building Grant provides up to $10,000 to help needy families pay for fertility treatment or adoption services. Of the 121 Cade Foundation applicants in 2009, Jennifer and David were chosen along with five others to receive the grant.
David and Jennifer started their first In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle with Dr. Rachana Garde of Shady Grove Fertility’s Woodbridge, VA location in February of 2010. First, David’s sperm had to be surgically retrieved. Then, a single sperm was injected directly into the center of Jennifer’s egg by a process known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). The resulting embryo was later transferred to Jennifer.
“Jennifer and David were perfect candidates for IVF treatment with ICSI,” says Dr. Garde. “The process allows couples with low sperm count or poor quality sperm to achieve pregnancy rates equal to traditional IVF rates. The result is exactly what we hoped for, and we are thrilled to welcome their new son into the Shady Grove Fertility family.”
“Our grant recipients would likely not have had the opportunity to become parents without assistance from an organization like the Cade Foundation,” says Dr. Frank Chang, Shady Grove Fertility reproductive endocrinologist and Cade Foundation Board Member. “The Foundation operates on the belief that cost should never prevent a couple who is able to love and care for a child from having the opportunity.”
About Shady Grove Fertility Center
Shady Grove Fertility Center is the largest and one of the most progressive fertility and IVF Centers in the United States. Twenty-three reproductive endocrinologists, as well as Ph.D. scientists, geneticist, and 350 highly specialized staff care for patients in 12 full-service offices throughout the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas. Shady Grove Fertility conducts clinical research in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and is part of their subspecialty training Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology. Shady Grove Fertility has pioneered a number of nationally and internationally recognized programs, such as Shared Risk 100% Refund Program, Shared Donor Egg, International Donor Egg, and Shared Help among others. Since Shady Grove Fertility’s inception in 1992, more than 20,000 babies have been born to its patients. For more information, please call 888-761-1967 or visit www.ShadyGroveFertility.com.
About Cade Foundation
The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides education about fertility and family building options and offers financial assistance to infertile families. This dual approach distinguishes the Foundation as the only organization of its kind in the nation. At the age of 55, Tinina Q. Cade delivered her own triplet grandchildren in 2004. Her daughter, Camille Hammond, battled infertility for years and began the foundation in honor of her mother’s unforgettable gift, and for other struggling couples. Visit www.CadeFoundation.org.
SOURCE Shady Grove Fertility Centers