Thousands of “likes” on a Facebook page may end up bringing a new person into the world.
At least that’s the hope of Warner Robins native Kristina Haslett-Morin. She and her husband, James Morin, recently were named winners of a contest for a free in vitro fertilization treatment.
Haslett-Morin serves in the Air Force in Florida, and NewLIFE fertility clinic in Pensacola held the contest. To win, the couple’s photo on the clinic’s Facebook page had to get the most “likes.”
They finished with 12,227 likes, more than 5,000 ahead of the next closest contestant. Haslett-Morin expects to get the treatment by April.
She had it before and it failed, but she thinks signs are pointing to it working this time around. When she had the first treatment, she said, optimistic friends and family bought her a crib and other baby items and she set up a nursery.
After it failed, for months she could not walk into the room. Last July 14, she got her husband to put all the baby stuff in the closet so she could go in the room again.
The next day, she found out about the contest.
“It was like something saying that it’s not time to give up,” she said. “I want to hold on to that hope that it will work.”
Military health care doesn’t pay for fertility treatments, she said. The couple paid for the last treatment themselves at a cost of about $8,000. Haslett-Morin said they could never have afforded to pay that again on their own.
They still need at least $1,500 for medication needed as a part of the treatment. Friends have already been raising money, and one friend started an account for them at www.gofundme.com, a crowd sourcing website.
Haslett-Morin’s family still lives in Warner Robins, and the couple plans to move back to the midstate within a few months.