Lymphoma Survivor Celebrates Two "Miracle Sons" this Father's Day
SAN RAMON, Calif., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For Christophe Job, 49, of Berkeley, Father's Day is doubly special this year with the recent arrival of a second son to help him celebrate a double victory against long odds: beating advanced cancer and twice becoming a parent.
Cancer free for five years, Christophe celebrates this Father's Day with his wife, Kerry, 39, and sons Quentin, eight months old, and three-year-old Colin, both born with Christophe's frozen sperm in combination with in vitro fertilization (IVF).
"Thanks to the miracle of science, we didn't have to throw away our dreams of having children," Christophe said. Colin, born June 14, 2008, and Quentin, born September 21, 2010, were created with Kerry's eggs and Christophe's thawed sperm at the Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area, (RSC), under the guidance of Louis Weckstein, M.D., Medical and IVF Director.
Eight months after his 2006 wedding, the athletic executive was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He froze his sperm before he began six months of chemotherapy, which would render him infertile.
Kerry's fresh eggs were combined with Christophe's thawed sperm to make Colin. The 12 remaining embryos were frozen and stored, one of which would become Quentin. "We were confident that Christophe's sperm would fertilize well," said Weckstein. RSC's success using frozen embryos is over 50 percent, way above average. The rate of success using Kerry's frozen embryos stored after her first IVF cycle is just as good as fresh embryos, he added. The Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology reported the average pregnancy success from thawed embryos was 30 percent.
Following chemo, Christophe "wanted to be healthier than he was before the cancer," Kerry said, and so he trained for and completed two Ironman Triathlon competitions. Kerry was pregnant with Colin when Christophe completed his first Ironman in 2008.
Founded in 1983, RSC was one of nation's first IVF facilities, and was responsible for one of the first an egg donation births and the nation's second successful frozen embryo transfers. With clinics in San Ramon, Orinda, San Jose, and Modesto, RSC is a member of the Attain Fertility Network.
SOURCE Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area