"Without the contest we would definitely not have been able to have our dream of having a baby," Krista Rivera, who lives in the city of Cape Coral, on the west coast of Florida, told local media.
She pointed out that the only option she and her husband had, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer, was the expensive treatment for "in vitro" fertilization that they had given up due to lack of resources.
The couple, like many others, had to send a video explaining to the audience of the B1039 station why they were going to be the best parents, said the radio, which published the photo of Garret, the firstborn, on the weekend, of three months, of the couple.
According to FertilityIQ, a database specialized in the subject, the costs of "in vitro" fertilization vary in the United States, but in general they are above $ 20,000 for each of the cycles, "almost double the rates commonly reported of $ 12,400. "
According to interviews conducted by this organization with more than 10,000 patients, on average each couple undergoes more than two cycles during their treatment, at a cost that exceeds $ 51,000.
The prize awarded by the B1039 station to the winner of the "Win a Baby" contest includes a round of "in vitro" fertilization treatments and all necessary medications.
In the United States, infertility affects one in eight Americans, more than those affected by diabetes, breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease, according to FertilityIQ.
The volume of "in vitro" fertilization cycles in the country, he says, has grown 70% between 2005 and 2015 (the last year reported).
In addition, in the last two years of follow-up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual growth rate has accelerated to "historical highs."
According to FertilityIQ estimates, the volume of these 2020 fertilization cycles "should exceed 400,000 procedures, tripling the volumes since the 2008 economic recession."