I got married right out of high school at age 18. My husband and I both went through college so for the first 4 years I was on birth control. One day I stopped the birth control but did not do or take anything to enhance my chances of getting pregnant. Five years later I became pregnant and gave birth to our first daughter. Four years after that we had our second daughter. Our marriage ended two years after our second daughter was born.
A friend of mine introduced me to my current husband and we married 4 months later. He was from Costa Rica and was here visiting friends when we met. He was supposed to be going home the next week but never made the flight. My 2 daughters fell in love with him just like I did and my 6 year old actually asked him if he would if he would "marry my mommy and never leave us". We were married on January 24, 1997.
Within 2 months, I was pregnant and we were so happy. At 16 weeks of gestation, we were having a routine sonogram and it showed that baby had fluid in its abdomen. We were sent to a geneticist at the University of Tennessee to perform an amniocentesis. When we got there, they were performing an ultrasound when the doctor came in and said, "It looks like a Parvo baby to me". I didn't know what she was talking about so she explained to me about Fifth's Disease or Human Parvo which is what she thought was the problem. She said there was nothing they could do the help the baby and that it may or may not survive. That night the baby died and when I woke up the next morning I know he was not alive. I had another appointment with my regular OB/GYN the next day and he was reading me the report that he received from the doctor at UT. I just looked at him and told him that I was pretty sure the baby had died during the night. He got out his fetal monitor and couldn't find a heartbeat. I was admitted to the hospital and labor was induced and a D&C was performed. They performed an autopsy on the baby and tested it for Human Parvo and determined that was the cause of death. The amniocentesis report came back that it was a genetically normal baby boy for at 17 weeks gestation we lost our first son. We were devastated.
We immediately started trying to get pregnant again. One year later I became pregnant with our second son, Nicholas Alexander and he was born on December 28, 1998. With 3 children we decided our family was complete so I had my tubes tied. We went out of town for Christmas 2001. When we returned we found the house flooding from broken water pipes in the upstairs bathroom. There was major damage so we moved out and stayed in my Grandmother's empty one bedroom house during the repairs. On Sunday afternoon, January 13, 2002, we went to the house to see how the repairs were progressing and my son who had just turned 3 on December 21 was the first to get out of the pickup. He ran toward the back door and brushed against a cabinet that the contractors had placed in the carport. It came crashing down on him. My husband performed CPR on him until the ambulance arrived and he died 8 hours later. Our lives were shattered.
About a month later I tried to make an appointment with my OB so I could have a tubal reversal. They told me that he was no longer doing tubal reversal and I would have to make an appointment with his new partner. I explained to him what had happened and all he did was laugh at me and say, "I guess you should have thought twice before you had your tubal to begin with". He then said it would cost about $15,000 for the hospital and doctor bills and at my age (38) the chances of getting pregnant was slim to none. He then gave me a brochure for IVF and told me the only way I could have another baby was through IVF. I went home in tears and explained everything to my husband. We read through the brochure on IVF and got on the internet to research it further. This is when I came across Dr. Levin's website.
I called and talked to Dr. Levin and he assured me that the doctor I talked to was totally wrong and I could become pregnant. We went to Kentucky in March 2002 and Dr. Levin performed the reversal. Everything went perfect and we returned home the next day. I actually ovulated the day after surgery so it was not an option for me to try to get pregnant. The next month we did try and I did become pregnant. Our daughter, Alexandra Maria, was born on January 28, 2003. In January I became pregnant again but miscarried at 5 weeks. In June 2005 I was pregnant again but miscarried at 7 weeks. In December 2005, I became pregnant again and on September 7, 2006 our beautiful, healthy son, Joseph Alexander, was born. I am now almost 43 years old
There is no doubt in my mind that if the first doctor I went to had performed my reversal, I would have never become pregnant. Because of him, I found Dr. Levin and now have 2 more beautiful and healthy children. We will eternally be grateful to Dr. Levin for all he did for us. Thank you Dr. Levin from the bottom of our hearts.
Jose and Teresa Hidalgo