It’s hard to image all the things that are affected when a natural disaster strikes. Of course we see the devastation to buildings, homes and the landscape and it takes our breath away.
But it’s the devastation to personal lives that are not so clearly seen. At first anyway.
When the earthquake hit in Nepal, we immediately heard of the loss of life, buildings, homes and historic structures. For us at Global IVF, we immediately thought about the surrogacy programs, clinics, the Surrogate Mothers (SM) and the Intended Parents (IP) who were in Nepal.
We were overjoyed to learn that Israel was sending rescue planes to take emergency workers and supplies to help evacuate 26 infants who were born of surrogate mothers.
The rescue mission highlights the growing popularity of surrogacy in Nepal and Israel. For both countries it is clear that the safety of the pregnant surrogates in Nepal is a priority. The love and attention that has been shown to the surrogacy field by Israel and Nepal is indicative of the quality of care they offer and the acceptance in their countries.
According to Paul Hirschson, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Israel will transport surrogate mothers to clinics in Israel so they can deliver the children safely.
We reached out to our partner Gal Sava, Founder & CEO Viva Surrogacy at the Grand City Clinic for information.
“Our clinic was not massively damaged and none of the embryos were harmed which is a huge a relief. We are very lucky, we didn’t have any loss of life to our staff or SMs in Katmandu. We still need to examine all of our SMs, however we are not aware of any issues at this point,” said Sava.
Another huge relief was that none of their IPs currently in Nepal were physically harmed or in danger.
Sava said they currently have two American couples and one American single mom in Nepal. “Other than the obvious shock of the situation, thankfully they weren’t affected, in terms of embryos being destroyed or pregnancies being stopped.”
We asked about the status of their egg donor/egg freezing program and Sava said the procedures are suspended at the moment until the situation is clearer. But he is confident their clinic and all the services will be restored.
And thankfully for Sava, they did not have to fly anyone out who was pregnant. “All of our SMs are doing alright, we have an amazing staff assisting them. We have provided them with everything they need.”
For the Nepal clinic that Sava and his team run, they are not clear at the moment when they expect the clinic to reopen. “We can’t know for sure when we will be up and running full speed, again. Once electricity is back on it will definitely speed things up. We will know better what is the state of the facilities in the next few days and we will assess the situation,” he said.
Sava, his clinic and patients will be fine, but he asks, “Please join our prayers for all the people who have been affected by the earth quake.”
And for many of us, we want to know what you can do to help. Please consider donating to the Red Cross, information below.
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