After six miscarriages, contest gives Texas couple new hope


by Jason Whitely /


Posted on June 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

LAKE WORTH -- Keva and Dan Montrose never expected having children to be so much of a challenge.

"If you focus on what isn't working out, I don't think anything else will," Keva said.

Each time, hope ends in pain. They've had six miscarriages in the last three years.

Keva has no problem getting pregnant, but she just can't stay pregnant.

"Basically, my body is not strong enough to handle a pregnancy," she explained. "It dilates too soon."

Her husband, Dan, is a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He has served three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.

"I'm accustomed to loss, but it's entirely different when it's a child," Dan said.

There's no blame, he added, it's just biology and bad luck.

Still, for Keva, it hurts.

"He not only has to be deployed, but then he comes home and I also bring him loss and death," she said, "and I want to be able to bring him life instead."

That might finally happen.

Keva entered a contest and made a video chronicling their struggle to be parents.

Their entry won the prize of in vitro fertilization from Sher Fertility Clinic - a $12,000 procedure.

But finding a surrogate is even more costly, Keva said - up to $60,000.

"It is," Dan said. "But so was buying this house, and children are a helluva lot more important than that."

Dan and Keva plan to save for surrogacy, or perhaps even get a loan to if it helps them finally start a family.