Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kiran Infertility Center

I promised to write about my experience at Kiran Infertility Center in Hyderabad, India.

Here is their website:

Contact Details:

Dr. Samit Sekhar: 0091-9948-17-5768
Anjani Kumar: 0091-9014-75-4934

You can call and ask questions directly, but I will try and give an idea here as to the process and costs involved.

Initially I had tried the IVF procedure in Michigan and spent hundred of thousands of dollars and did not have any success.

I came to India since the costs in USA were bleeding me and I wanted to keep trying.  Initially my mom took me to some doctor that charges around Rs 1,50,000 ($3000) for the entire procedure including medications.  When I first saw this clinic my first thought was Railway Station.  It reminded me of a railway station.  There were people everywhere and the lines were outrageous.  I actually spent the entire day there and accomplished very little and I was a little disheartened.

The next day Moms friend Shilpa told us about Kiran Infertility and we went there.  It was so nice and comfortable.  There an AC waiting room, there were very few people their also, it felt very comfortable.  It was embarrassing in retrospect, we went in claiming poverty and asked for a discount to their prices, but they were firm in their costs and we signed up with them.  

The costs were very transparent: (I think this is what I paid, but I am not 100% sure, but it is pretty close to the actual costs)

$10,000 when you sign up
$5000 at month 3
$5000 at month 6
$2500 at month 8
$5000 on delivery
$1000 for legal help to take care of the paperwork
$300 for the hospital where the delivery took place
$400 for tests on day 4 at the hospital (This was a waste of time and money, do not do it)
$550 for DNA test kit

$29,750 Grand Total

You initially pay $10,000 and this includes a total of 3 try's at IVF and all medications needed and for egg retrieval. 

The Indian Government has started issuing a new type of visa for this purpose called Medical Visa:

Update on the Visa Issue.

All Commissioning Parents intending to undergo Surrogacy Arrangement in India are advised to travel on Medical Visa stating Surrogacy only. Government of India gave a notification in this regard on 2nd Jan 2013. Copy of this is attached herewith.

Here is a copy of the Government Order:

So I guess we can get back to my story.

I went into the clinic and met with Anjani, he is the office manager and he turned on the AC in the waiting room and I waited to meet with Dr Samit.  Dr Samit is a very young doctor, but from all the interactions I have had with him, he is very forthright and will tell you the truth, good or bad.

I knew the process well and having tried so many times in USA, but I heard from Dr. Samit again the entire process and I felt comfortable with him and we signed the documents to go ahead with the procedure.

The egg retrieval takes anywhere from 30-60 days depending on what part of the cycle your spouse is at, when you visit the clinic.  They give medications and retrieve the eggs and you give three samples of sperm on 3 different days and they freeze everything and use them as needed.

They first attempt itself was unsuccessful and I got the new on April 11, 2011.  The pain and sadness from the previous failures had by now had done enough damage to my emotiions that I really did not feel any pain any longer.  I expected failure and that is what I got.

The second attempt was done and on May 27th, 2011 we got news of a positive pregnancy test.  I was crazy happy.  Then on June 22, 2011 the below email came:

The surrogate had bleeding early morning. On scan there is no heart beat. Gestational Sac has also reduced in size. There is internal haematoma near uterus. It’s a case of early spontaneous miscarriage.

So happiness to failure again.

Our third attempt was done and on Jan 13, 2012 again we got a positive pregnancy test.On Feb 2, 2012 here was the news:

I am afraid that I have some bad news for you.
The scan done today shows a Hematoma (internal bleeding) in the sac.
The CRL - Crown Rump Length- is 2 cm and the GA - Gestational Age- is 8 weeks 4 days.
But there is no heart beat seen. I have attached the report.
This can happen if there are some random chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus.

So failure again and this was the furthest that we had gotten along in the process.  I forgot my reaction at this point, but I think I had pretty much given up hope and had resigned myself to the fact that I would not have children.

Emotionally I was a mess at this point and was having problems with my partner in my business at that same time and I had to buy him out for $150,000 since the relationship had deteriorated so much.  I would have doubted that you would have noticed much difference in me, since I can control my emotions so well.  I have part Vulcan in me.

That was my third attempt and Dr Samit could have asked me to pay another $10,000, but when I met him I think he sensed some sadness and hopelessness in me at that point and I was on the verge of giving up.  He wanted another sperm sample and did not take another $10,000 for 3 more attempts and promised that he could keep trying until we were successful.

On the forth attempt I get another positive pregnancy and got that news on August 23, 2012.  From that pregnancy we got our daughter, Priya Madala who was born on April 19th at 11:10am.

I was expecting failure throughput the process at some point.  Since we had so many miscarriages, I was so worried about genetic abnormalities at birth, but after I heard that Priya was born perfectly healthy, I was so happy.  That was a night that I finally felt a sense of relief and happiness and I slept in bed a very happy daddy.  I tend to prepare for the worse but hope for the best and this keeps me always at an even keel, emotionally, since I am prepared for any situation.

That was my story.  My experience at Kiran Infertility was fantastic.  Dr Samit is extremely honest and I like people like that. Anjani will keep you in touch with the process by sending you updates on the procedure and the progress.

You are welcome to call and talk to me, if you want to learn more: 540-449-4401 Vijay Madala.

Most of you that read my blog know me, and you know I always tell it like it is.  You can trust me, if you want to have children and have to choose Invitro, Kiran Infertility is the place to do it.