Case Facts: On December 17, 1995, at the age of 21, Charlene had a "modified primary bilateral tubal ligation (Pomeroy) performed with 1.6 cm removed from one tube and 0.9 cm from the other tube. She then found Dr. Richard Levin on the Internet and had a bilateral microsurgical tubal anastomosis performed on July 17, 2000 (Dr. Levin's birthday). She delivered May 11, 2003 (Mother's Day) Alandra Marynn Phillips.|
Please enjoy Charlene and Marcus's story in Charlene's own words below . . .
My Tubal Reversal Journey
It all began when I got a tubal ligation on December 17, 1995. The day after my 2nd son was born. I was 21 at the time. The pregnancy was a rough one resulting in a 10 lb baby. I decided I didn't want any more children. All my family members warned me against the tubal ligation, but I did it anyway. Little did I know I would come to regret my decision. When Trenton was about the 3 and started getting the urge to have another baby and started dropping hints to my husband. Finally I got serious and started researching my options on the Internet. I found several doctors here that would do it, but none of them had the answers I wanted to hear. Such as their success rate, price, any help after the reversal etc. I found Dr Levin and looked over his web site. I then had my husband read it over and we started trying to find a way to get the money. I had already called Dr. Levin and got the necessary medical papers. He said it all looked good. We could reverse them, so we made the 14-hour drive from Oklahoma to Kentucky. I chose to go outpatient because I don't like hospitals. I had the reversal July 17, 2000 on Dr. Levin's birthday. Five years after having them tied. Trenton was now 5 and Marcus was now 8.
We stayed at the Jewish Inn across the street from the hospital. It was a very nice hotel and the staff was very helpful. When our stay was over we made the trip back home. I started trying to conceive right away, but it was taking longer than we had expected. I started taking my temperature to find I was not ovulating and was put on Clomid. That did not seem to work either for me. Dr Levin answered every email and phone that I sent to him. He was being most helpful and did what he could even though we were so far apart. I decided to get a HSG to see of my tubes were blocked. Dr Levin was very sure they weren't. I did the HSG here at a local hospital. I paid $600 for the procedure and it was very painful. They told me that day that both tubes were blocked at the opening of the uterus. I was very upset and cried for the rest of that day. Dr Levin insisted they were not blocked and for me to come to Kentucky and he would do the procedure the right way and it would not cost us a fortune. This time we flew with our 2 sons, so we could take them to see some sites in Kentucky. Kind of a mini vacation. This was now February 2002. I had the procedure (HSG) done and my tubes were wide open and it was totally painless. I started crying right there in the exam room. I still had hope. Dr Levin said I told you so! I wish I had been just as confident. While there we again stayed at the Jewish Inn and took the boys to the Louisville Slugger Museum and drove down to see the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky. They really loved the airplane ride.
When we got home we started trying to conceive again with a better outlook on being successful. In August 2002 my husband took an overseas trip with the Air National Guard. He was gone about 2 weeks. I guess we timed it about right when he got home because I found out I was pregnant about 2 weeks later. We were ecstatic!! It had taken us 2 years to finally get pregnant. I had an ultrasound at 5 weeks along to make sure the baby was in the uterus and it was. We saw the tiny little heartbeat. I had another ultrasound at 20 weeks and it said we were having a girl. I was so hoping they were right because that is what we wanted.
On May 11, 2003 (Mother's Day) at 6:14 PM after 4 hours of natural labor Alandra Marynn Phillips was born weighing 8 lbs 9 oz and was 20.5 inches long with a head full of hair. The boys just love her!
We can't thank Dr Levin enough for all of his help and support that he has given my family.
Charlene had her second tubal reversal baby, Kristanna Morgan Phillips, born on December 4, 2004. Kristanna came into the world at 8 pounds and 5 ounces, 19 inches long. She was born at 12:58 A.M.