When you want to have a baby, and are having trouble, the costs of IVF can suck your savings dry.
So it was considered a lottery of sorts when Dr. John Zhang of Manhattan’s New Hope Fertility Center addressed a Facebook Live audience to announce he was choosing the winners of his IVF contest.
“Thank you for participating in this very exciting activity and opportunity,” he said, drawing 30 names from a list of women who had entered to win a free cycle of IVF courtesy of his clinic.
Dr. Zhang chose the names from a golden cylinder, much like Bingo or the actual lottery. The names were written on strips of paper inside.
His staff announced the winning names. Some were there to receive the good news, others lived in far off places and were watching on Facebook, one woman was in Egypt.
Winners receive one fresh IVF cycle, excluding the cost of the fertility drugs and egg or sperm freezing. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis and preimplantation genetic screening were also not included, which means that patients will still be shelling out a few thousand dollars. The base $10,000 for the cycle is what’s paid for in the lottery.
New Hope says the total cost of all 30 cycles will amount to about $1 million worth of treatment.
Geoffrey Hawes, New Hope’s director of marketing, reminded the audience that the lottery was in support of National Infertility Awareness Week, saying that infertility “affects a lot of people.” Over 500 women had entered the contest.
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