Friday, May 18, 2012

Surrogate Mom Dies in the Line of Duty

I look at this picture and think: Republic of Gilead:


Indian IVF clinics are glad to showcase their bevies of happy surrogate mothers who have become pregnant for foreign couples who want children. But not necessarily the surrogates who die.

This week 30-year-old Premila Vaghela, who took on the job to support her own two children, died in the eighth month of unexplained complications. She had come to her IVF clinic, Pulse Hospital, in Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat, for a routine check-up when she had a convulsion and fell. The doctors at Pulse quickly did an emergency caesarean and then shipped her off to another hospital where she died. However, as the Times of India noted, "But she completed her job" and a baby was delivered. The child is intended for an American woman named Helen.