Technology helps make Austin man's Father's Day special



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Posted on June 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 8:07 AM

AUSTIN -- On this Father's Day a husband and wife enjoyed the birth of their first child. It never would've happened without the help of medical technology.

Jon and Madeline Nash can't help but marvel over their newborn son, Robert, who was scheduled to be born Father's Day weekend, but came a week early.

"He's such a sweet and wonderful boy," said Jon.

"It's just been an amazing, amazing week," said Madeline.

It's been even more amazing when you consider Jon had a vasectomy 10 years ago. When he and Madeline met and married two years ago, they knew they wanted to have children. That meant Jon would require a vasectomy reversal.

"I was absolutely terrified that it wouldn't be reversible," said Jon.

Even with robotic surgery now available, Jon had his doubts.

"The tube that he's tying up is about the diameter of a dot you would make with a pen," said Jon.

That's when Jon met Parviz Kavoussi, a reproductive urologist at St. David's South Austin Medical Center.

"Half a million vasectomies are done in the United States every year," said Kavoussi. "Six percent of those men are going to change their minds in their lifetimes and decide they want to build a family again. Giving those couples that opportunity, there's nothing more rewarding." 

Kavoussi told Jon about early research indicating men who have robotic vasectomies may see higher sperm counts earlier in their recovery. Jon says Kavoussi's confidence allayed his fears.

"He said there's an 80 or 90 percent probability that this will work," said Jon. "He said, 'I've done a lot of these and in the last year, I'm batting a thousand, so you're in good hands.'"

Now one week old, Robert is in the good hands of his parents just in time for Father's Day.

"There's nothing more beautiful than that moment when the baby is born, and we're all three of us together for the first time," said Jon.

And for the first time, three generations of Nash's were able to celebrate on this Father's Day. 


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