It all started with a diagnosis of sickle cell disease
Tamaris and her husband were thrilled to welcome a son in May 2015, but they soon received devastating news. “A week after our son was born, we received a letter that his PKU levels were abnormal, so he could have a blood disorder. We went to the doctor for a retest and got a packet in the mail two weeks later that told us he had sickle cell disease,” she recalls.
When a couple falls in love and decides to spend their lives together, they often have a lot in common, like goals, interests and hobbies. Sometimes, two people have something they’d rather not share. Inheritable genetic disease can be passed down to the next generation when two parents each carry a defective gene.
This was the case with two patients at our San Antonio fertility center. They are symptomless carriers for sickle cell disease, a condition that causes normal red blood cells to become misshapen, like crescent moons. This interrupts the normal flow of blood though vessels and causes fatigue, swollen hands and feet, infections and episodes of intense pain.
Our Austin and San Antonio fertility centers teamed up for fertility preservation and frozen embryo IVF
Seven embryos frozen in Austin made the trip down I-35 to our San Antonio fertility center after Elizabeth Logsdon was cleared to start a family after cancer treatment.
The story begins after Elizabeth and Jason met and fell in love in San Antonio.