Today I received a letter in the mail from the Fertility Centers of Illinois, the clinic that we worked with during our Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) cycles in 2007. I was surprised to see the return address and joked with Bob as to what it might be about.
As I slid the two page letter out of the envelope, I was shocked to read the news in very first sentence. Dr. Kevin Lederer, the Reproductive Endocrinologist who we consulted with, was our doctor and helped bring Molly into our life and family, had died earlier this month “after bravely battling an extended illness.”
I did not know he was sick and I am still digesting the great loss of this man who helped to bring hope and children to so many families who struggle with infertility.
I have fond memories of our consultations with Dr. Lederer before and after each ART cycle, a few phone conversations I had with him and most memorably the day (October 11, 2007) he performed the embryo transfer which grew to be our precious baby girl Molly Marie.
My heart aches and goes out to his wife, children, other beloved family members, friends and all those whose lives Dr. Lederer touched throughout his life.
Tonight I am holding Dr. Lederer’s loved ones close in my thoughts and prayers.
Words can’t begin to express the gratitude and sadness I feel and that I know is shared by so many who knew Dr. Lederer.
Dr. Lederer never got to meet our baby girl Molly in this lifetime. As unlike many of his patients, we never had the opportunity to introduce Molly to the man who helped her come to be, because she died so soon after she was born. But I do find comfort in believing that Molly was among those who welcomed Dr. Lederer into Heaven. Imagining that meeting brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.
Rest in peace Dr. Lederer and thank you for everything.