“At the end of the day”—an expression that I heard often in Dubai— I
would like to return to the story of Rahnia, whose reproductive journey
was chronicled in the prologue. As readers may recall, Rahnia was an
Eritrean- Ethiopian Muslim woman, who was grateful to the United King-
dom for taking her in as a teenage refugee. Rahnia and her Sudanese refu-
gee husband, Ahmed, became British citizens. Yet Rahnia and Ahmed’s
path to reproduction in Britain was anything but straightforward. Eight
cycles of in vitro fertilization (ivf) there led to the birth of only one child,
a dau ghter named Wisal. Feeling “desperate” to provide Wisal with a sib-
ling, Rahnia began a global search to ﬁnd a trustworthy ivf clinic. Her
journey led her to Dubai, which she perceived to be the Middle East’s
most cosmopolitan city. There, Rahnia was lucky to ﬁnd Conceive. Yet it
was in Conceive that Rahnia almost died, due to a dangerous reproduc-
tive tract infection that was lingering in her swollen fallopian tube. Once
the infectious agent was released into her bloodstream via ivf, Rahnia
developed a life- threatening infection, which Dr. Pankaj managed to cure
with intravenous antibiotics. The toxicity of the pelvic infection caused
Rahnia’s eighth ivf attempt to fail. That is where her story ended in the
autumn of 2007.
However, Rahnia was a woman of steely determination. She followed
Dr. Pankaj’s advice to return to the British National Health Ser vice.
Con C lusion
It was very hard to conceive, very hard. But I’m very optimistic.
I see bright light at the end of the tunnel.