The Fertility Institute Helps Save Hurricane Katrina’s Youngest Survivor

Noah was born from a frozen embryo rescued from our flooded clinic after Hurricane Katrina

Logo of Daily Mail, which did a story on the embryos FINO saved during Hurricane Katrina | The Fertility Institute of New Orleans | NOLA and Baton RougeThe Daily Mail reported on a Louisiana couple whose frozen embryo was rescued from the flooded Fertility Institute of New Orleans (FINO) after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. Noah Benton Markham was born January 17, 2007, after FINO clinic staff members were able to protect the frozen embryos in their care by moving them to the third floor of the building before the city was engulfed with devastating floods from Katrina.

Dr. Sissy Sartor and the clinic’s lab director at the time led a team on a rescue expedition to the clinic once conditions were safe. They carefully placed the embryos, still protected by liquid nitrogen, in flat-bottomed boats for removal. They sent a video of the rescue to Noah’s soon-to-be-parents, Rebekah and Glen.

About nine months after Katrina, Rebekah and Glen decided they were ready to try for another baby with their rescued frozen embryo, and soon the couple’s second son, Noah, was delivered.

“With all of the uncertainty and life-altering changes that Katrina brought, I knew having another baby would add so much joy to our lives and ground our family in such a beautiful way.” – Rebakah

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About The Fertility Institute of New Orleans (FINO)

Founded in 1976, The Fertility Institute of New Orleans (FINO) is the first fertility clinic in Louisiana, achieving many fertility medicine advancements in the Gulf South. FINO continues to provide cutting-edge patient care informed by physicians who teach the latest in fertility medicine at LSU and Tulane medical schools. The staff’s care philosophy is to first, and continually, educate patients about infertility and their individual treatment options. We engage with people beyond conventional doctor-patient interactions to forge relationships, while offering competitive costs and treatments other area clinics don’t.