Bold and Beautiful’s SCID baby part 4

October 19, 2007


Nick: Taylor, honey, you know, you really shouldn’t be here.

Taylor: Oh, I know, I know, that whole anonymous, confidentiality thing.

Nick: Yeah.

Taylor: But obviously, that didn’t keep you away. And I mean, how could I not? This woman just saved our baby’s life. I just–I just want to go talk to her for just a minute. I just want to talk to her and meet her, okay? Come on.

Brooke: (Exhales deeply)


Nick: Are you sure that you want to do this?

Taylor: Yeah, it’ll just take a minute. And then we can go see the baby.

Nick: No! Uh, no. Um, I-there he is right here. Th–th–they’re bringing the little guy out.

Taylor: Oh, he’s in recovery. Oh, my goodness. He looks beautiful. I want to go with him. I want to see him…

Nick: Okay, good, good.

Taylor: See him.

Nurse: We’re taking him to NICU now.

Nick: There he is. Okay, good, good. Look at him.

Taylor: Hi, baby. It’s Mommy. Ahh, Mommy loves you so much. Ahh, you’re so beautiful.


Bridget: Well, we have every reason to hope that the — the baby’s immune system will correct.

Brooke: And when will we know that for certain?

Bridget: It usually takes a couple months. But there is no mistake that what you have done for Nick and Taylor’s baby is amazing. You’ve given him every chance to have a healthy, normal life.

Brooke: He is a beautiful baby boy. You know, I could almost see the resemblance.

Bridget: Mom, you can’t talk like that.

Brooke: Honey, I know. I know he’s not actually mine. But we both know the history that I have with Taylor, with Nick. And when he tells her that I’m the mother…


Taylor: I think he looked so beautiful, and he looked so healthy. Everything’s gonna be just fine. But I do still want to meet the donor. I mean, you got to meet her. Is there some reason you don’t want me to?

Nick: Here we go.

Taylor: There is, isn’t there? Honey, what? What is it? What’s going on? Nick, wh–just tell me why you get to meet her and I can’t.

Nick: Can we just no– leave this rest for right now? It’s been a huge day. We should be grateful that our son is okay. C-can we–can we just let this lay?

Taylor: Meaning there is a reason? There’s a problem? What?

Nick: Let me help you into bed, honey. Come on.

Taylor: No. No, wait. No, please, just tell me what’s going on. When you met the donor, d-did you learn something about her? What is it? What’s going on?

Nick: (Exhales deeply) The woman in recovery– she’s not the donor we selected.

Nick: There was a mix-up at the hospital. We got her egg instead of our donor’s.

Taylor: What?

Nick: Now this is a shock, but what we need to focus on is the fact that our little boy is healthy and he’s okay. That’s what we need to focus on. That’s what we have to take from today.

Taylor: The–the egg donor we selected is not the biological mother of our child? So who is the woman in recovery?


Nick: I know this is a lot to process, but we have to be grateful that our baby got the marrow that he needed.

Taylor: But not from the donor we thought was the baby’s biological mother. So–uh– the woman in the recovery room– wh–wh– what–are you saying this is somebody we don’t even know anything about?

Nick: But she came to the hospital as soon as she knew our son was in trouble. She didn’t hesitate. She went through the entire difficult process of a bone marrow to save our child.

Taylor: (Exhales deeply)

Nick: But to answer your question — (Sighs) there was some confusion during the fertilization. (Sighs) and Bridget asked a lab tech for the Marone donation for in vitro, and instead she was given an egg dish labeled “Marone,” but it was earmarked for research. There wasn’t just one Mrs. Marone.

Taylor: Are you saying… Bridget?

Nick: No.

Taylor: Well, thank God. I mean, I love Bridget. It’s just that you two were married before, and I-I really can’t think of anything more awkward.

Taylor: So whose egg was implanted in me?

Taylor: Nick, whose egg was it?

Nick: It came from Brooke.


Taylor: I did not– I could not have just heard y–

Nick: You did.

Taylor: Brooke? Brooke? What are you talking about? The–the baby is from Brooke’s egg?

Nick: She’s the donor. That’s all. She’s just the donor.

Taylor: No! No! No!

Nick: (Sighs)

Taylor: I wanted a child, Nick– our child. But now what do I have? I have your child with Brooke?!

Nick: No. Taylor, you’re the mother. It’s–it’s yours. You’re the mother.

Taylor: (Sobbing) no! No! She’s–she’s ruined everything.

Nick: That’s not true. She–she–she didn’t know what was going– it’s not her fault.

Taylor: Don’t you dare defend her!

Nick: You–just listen to me.

Taylor: No, I’m not gonna listen to you. She’s–she’s stolen my child from me. She’s taken everything from me all my life. I mean–I mean, I just wanted a clean slate with–with you and–and me and our–our baby. And now it’s–it’s you and me and Brooke’s child. God!

Nick: No, it’s our child.

Taylor: Oh, is it? Is it?

Nick: Yes, yes, he is.

Taylor: Don’t you dare touch me. Don’t. I cannot believe this is happening. I can’t believe it. Oh, my God. (Sobbing) I’ve given birth to Brooke’s baby. I just can’t believe it. This can’t be happening. (Sobbing)

Brooke: Taylor?


Bold and Beautiful’s SCID baby, part 3

October 18, 2007

10/18/07 episode 

Nick: Something unexpected’s happened.

Brooke: Nick, what is it?

Bridget: Mom, the–the baby needs a bone marrow transplant, and nick’s been ruled out. So w-we have to use the biological mother– the same donor that we used in in vitro.

Brooke: Well, let’s find her.

Nick: We have.

Brooke: That’s wonderful. (Scoffs) I-I still don’t understand. What does this have to do with me?


Bridget: Do you remember, um– do you remember coming in for your fertility testing?

Brooke: Of course I do, honey, but why in the world are we even talking about this?

Bridget: Just bear with me, mom, please. Please, let me explain.

Brooke: (Sighs) explain what?

Bridget: (Sighs) the day you came in to have your eggs– your eggs tested, wh–when you realized that you weren’t going to be using your eggs, do you remember the little speech that I-I gave you that day, the one that I said I give all my– my clinic patients?

Brooke: About?

Bridget: The one about designating the eggs that were harvested to research.

Brooke: Yes. You said a lot of the women in your class– the resident women– were doing the same thing. But I-I-I still don’t understand why we’re talking about this right now.

Bridget: (Sighs) okay, mom, your– your name was in the computer as brooke marone.

Brooke: No, I-I told them to change that.

Bridget: The–the donor that nick and taylor chose– her eggs were also labeled “marone.” Dr. Caron wasn’t in the day of the fertilization. I was. And so was the tech that was there the day that I was doing testing on you. And when I asked them to bring me the donation labeled “marone,” I-I guess the–the– I guess the tech thought that I…

Brooke: I was the donor?

Bridget: No one ever intended this, mom.

Brooke: Taylor’s baby is mine? (Exhales deeply)


Brooke: The baby– I’m the biological mother?

Nick: Yes.

Brooke: The child that taylor has been carrying all this time and the child that I-I so desperately wanted to give you– and–and I did?

Bridget: Wait a second. Why didn’t I think of this before? Oh–oh my god. What–what about my bone marrow? Who’s closer to mom genetically than me? I’m sure I have the same recessive S.C.I.D.S gene that–that–that you do, mom. And I’m younger, so I’d recover faster. I can do this.

Nick: The mother’s the closest match, bridget. I don’t want to waste any time with this. We gotta test her as soon as possible. Will you do this, please?

Brooke: Oh, yes, of course. You don’t even have to ask.

Nick: (Whispers) thank you. I have asthma and my asthma symptoms…

Nick: You know, I’ve–I’ve tried to wake her.

Nurse: Dr. Caron prescribed a sedative. She got a little agitated after you left.

Nick: Well, how long do you think she’ll be out? I need to talk with her.

Nurse: Depends on how much she needs the rest.

Nick: Well, if she wakes up while I’m gone, would you– would you tell her everything’s okay?

Nurse: Mm-hmm.

Nick: Our son’s gonna have what he needs. (Whispers) thanks.

Nurse: (Whispers) okay.

Brooke: Is what you’re doing safe for the baby?

Dr. Caron: Well, we’ll have to treat the marrow first.

Bridget: Mom, it’s– it’s, um, an infusion, not an actual surgery.

Dr. Caron: Correct. It’s like a blood transfusion. It’s very low-risk.

Brooke: Oh.

Nick: Everything okay?

Brooke: Uh, yeah, everything’s fine. I was just gonna ask dr. Caron if–

Dr. Caron: Excuse me, uh, mr. Marone, you can’t be in here.

Nick: Doctor, I’ll set up housekeeping in the hallway if I so choose, because my lawyers could have me owning this place by the end of next week, along with your little red mercedes. Now you ask your question, brooke.

Brooke: Uh, okay. I was just wondering if I could be there when the baby was given my bone marrow.

Dr. Caron: No, I’m sorry. That’s not possible. It’s–it just isn’t done.

Nick: Well, it’ll be done tonight.


Nick: Hey, pal.

Nick: God, you’re so beautiful. (Sobs) (sobbing) oh, take me. God, take everything I have. Just… just don’t take him. Don’t take him.

Nick: Don’t take him. (Sobs)


Nick: How long is she gonna be out? It’s been a couple of hours.

Dr. Caron: That’s completely normal.

Nick: You said that it went well, right?

Dr. Caron: Very. In fact, I think this is what we’ve been waiting for. Okay. All right, let’s start the infusion.

Taylor: (Sighs)

Bridget: Hey.

Taylor: Mm. Where is nick?

Bridget: I’m, uh– I’m sure he’ll be right back.

Taylor: How did the surgery go?

Bridget: That could not have gone better. The baby’s probably getting the infusion right now.

Taylor: And the donor was a pretty close to perfect match?

Bridget: Um, yeah.

Taylor: How is she doing?

Bridget: Oh, uh, she’s fine. She’s in recovery.

Taylor: I just wish I could talk to her and thank her, because… (sniffles) she’s just done so much for us, and I-I know there’s the confidentiality clause, but–

Bridget: Right, yeah.

Taylor: I mean, does that mean I’ll really never get to meet her and thank her?

Bridget: Taylor… (sighs) nick’s gonna be back in just a minute, okay?

Taylor: Bridget? (Cell phone rings) (rings) (rings)

Brooke: (Weakly) hi.

Nick: Hi. You’re awake.

Brooke: Yeah, uh, I thought that was ringing in my ears.

Nick: (Laughs)

Brooke: How’d I do?

Nick: Perfect. You did perfect.

Brooke: (Sighs) yeah? (Cell phone rings)

Nick: Oh.

Brooke: Oh, here, I-I can take that. (Rings)

Nick: You’re sure?

Brooke: Yeah.

Nick: There you go.


Nick: Yeah.

Brooke: Oh, nick.

Nick: Hey. Hey. Hey. You shouldn’t– you shouldn’t get up. It’s too soon yet.

Brooke: Well, can’t I see him?

Nick: Are you sure you want to?

Brooke: Yeah, I’m sure.

Nick: There he is.

Brooke: Oh.

Brooke: He’s so tiny.

Nick: Yeah, isn’t he?

Brooke: (Gasps) he’s beautiful.

Nick: I know. You see this? This is life flowing into him, life that you’ve given to him again.

Brooke: It’s our baby. It’s amazing.

Nick: Brooke, this whole–just–

Brooke: Nick, I am really happy that I could do this for you. But taylor carried him, and you’re his father. And you’re gonna have a wonderful life together, just like ridge and me. But for a few minutes, it doesn’t hurt to be proud parents, right? I mean, what’s the harm in that?

Nick: No harm at all.

Baby: (Cries)

Nick: You’ve blessed my life in so many ways.

Baby: (Crying)

Nick: Thank you for our son.

Taylor: Nick?

Brooke: (Gasps)

Taylor: Nick? Nick.

Nick: Hey.

Taylor: Hi.

Nick: What are you doing out of bed?

Taylor: Oh, there she is. That’s the donor? You wanted to me her, too, didn’t you? I-I just want to go thank her.

Nick: Are you sure?

Taylo well, that’s– that’s our angel of mercy. I mean, I-I just– I want to thank her. I mean, she just did something so selfless. I-I want to– I want to tell her that that means a lot to me, and I-I want to tell her how much it’ll mean to me to– to be able to raise this baby.

Bold and Beautiful’s SCID baby, part 2

October 17, 2007

10/17/07 episode 

Nick: Honey, the woman donated her eggs. If–if she’s that charitable so that a couple she doesn’t even know can have a child, I don’t know why she wouldn’t do this.

Taylor: (Scoffs) donating bone marrow is no picnic.

Nick: It may turn out we don’t even need her. Now they’re testing me. They’re running it right now. Chances are, I’ll be the donor. No problem. (Door opens)

Man: I don’t mean to interrupt.

Nick: You got word from the lab?

Man: That’s why I’m here.

Nick: Did I get a green light?

Man: Mr. Marone, uh, I’m afraid we can’t use your marrow.

Taylor: Why not?

Nick: I’m one of the parents. Shouldn’t I be some sort of a match, a half-match, whatever you want to call it?

Man: Unfortunately, your blood work reveals that you have C.M.V.– Cytomegalovirus. It’s something many people carry without even realizing it. It’s not active. It’s not dangerous to you, but to a newborn with no immune system… I’m so sorry to give you this news.

Taylor: So the– the egg donor is our only hope? (Sobbing) what if she doesn’t want to? I haven’t even gotten to hold the baby.

Nick: Sweetie–

Taylor: I want to go see the baby! He could die. He could die, nick.

Taylor: No, I don’t want to talk to you!

Nick: Hey. Hey. Hey. Sit down. Shh. Okay.

Taylor: I want to see to see dr. Caron. I don’t want him in here! I want to see dr. Caron! There’s something else they can do. There’s something else they can do.

Nick: Calm down.


Taylor: What if she doesn’t want to help us? What if she doesn’t care if our baby is sick?

Nick: Calm down.

Nurse: Just lie back, mrs. Marone, please. Shh.

Taylor: No, she’s already done her part.

Nick: Shh. Okay, calm down.

Taylor: What if she’s moved? What if we can’t find her?

Nick: I will get all of the answers we need, okay?

Woman: Are you mr. Marone?

Nick: Yes.

Woman: Dr. Caron sent me.

Nick: Did you get ahold of the donor?

Woman: Yes. She’s agreed to help.

Nick: Did you hear that?

Taylor: Thank god!

Nick: Is she local?

Woman: Dr. Caron’s on the phone with her now. She’s–

Nick: Okay, will you please fill my wife in on the details? Thank you. I’ll be back.

Taylor: You’re leaving?

Nick: I just to make sure everything runs smoothly. Will you look after her? Thank you.

Taylor: Nick. Nick…

Nick: The quickest way to the fertility lab?


Taylor: So the donor’s an intern? Here?

Dr. Caron: Yeah. She’s on her way to the lab now so they can verify that she can be a donor.

Taylor: Well, can I talk to her? I would really like to meet her. I-I just want to thank her.

Dr. Caron: That might not be possible, taylor. You all agreed to confidentiality. She might want to remain anonymous.

Taylor: (Sighs)


Nick: I need an answer, bridget. Is your mother the donor, or not?

Bridget: I’m so sorry, nick. The egg came from my mother.

Bridget: The test I ran just confirmed it.

Nick: There’s no chance of a mistake? None?

Nick: How did this happen? What am I gonna tell taylor?

Bridget: Nick, please, listen to me. Taylor just had a baby. She’s in no condition to try to wrap her mind around this.

Nick: Yeah. (Sighs) well, now that we know the truth, we need to get your mother over here as soon as possible.

Bridget: My mother? Why now? No, nick.

Nick: My son has S.C.I.D.S, and he needs a bone marrow transplant immediately, or he could die.

Bridget: Oh, god.

Nick: I need your mother now.


Nick: Bridget, wait, wait. Before you call your mother, you should know that caron got ahold of the woman that we thought donated the egg, and she agreed to help.

Bridget: Well, only it won’t help. She’s not the biological mother. He needs marrow harvested from one of his parents. I’ll track down dr. Caron, and I’ll call mom on the way.

Nick: Hurry, will ya?


Brooke: Okay. (Exhales deeply) hello?

Bridget: Oh, mom, I’m so glad that you’re there.

Brooke: Bridget, what’s going on?

Bridget: I’m–I’m at the hospital. I need you to come down here right away alone.

Brooke: Why? What’s this about?

Bridget: I’ll explain when you get here. Just meet on the fourth floor. And please, mom, I-I need you. It’s nothing to worry about, but I need you right away.

Brooke: Okay, yes, yes. I’m on my way. (Sighs) gotta get to the hospital. Something’s going on with bridget. She needs me.

Ridge: When thomas called, he said everything was fine.

Brooke: I don’t think it has anything to do with taylor or the baby. S-s-something else is going on. It sounded urgent.

Ridge: You want me to drive you?

Brooke: No, no, that’s okay. You stay here… (sighs) and don’t you dare leave. I’ll be back as soon as I can.


Taylor: Can I at least see the baby?

Nurse: He’s in isolation now being prepped for the transplant.

Taylor: Where is my husband? He’s been gone a long time. He should be back here by now. Or is there something going on I don’t know about?

Nurse: Mrs. Marone…

Taylor: Is there something you’re not telling me?

Nurse: You’re exhausted.

Taylor: No! Answer my question. I don’t need this.

Nurse: You know everything I know. That’s a promise.

Taylor: No.

Nurse: These procedures take time. We won’t have answers for hours yet. Everything that can be done for your child is being done.

Taylor: (Sighs)

Nurse: Why don’t I ask the doctor if there’s something she can give you to help you relax a bit?

Taylor: (Sighs)


Brooke: Hi, excuse me, have you seen bridget?

Woman: Bridget forrester?

Brooke: You don’t– you don’t know where she is? Oh, just– hi.

Nick: Hi.

Brooke: Bridget called me.

Doctor: Coming through.

Brooke: She said it was important. It is your baby?

Nick: Over here. We’re meeting her over here. Come here.

Brooke: (Sighs) nick, please tell me, is it your child? I-I-I mean, I know there was a rough delivery, but has there been a complication?

Nick: Uh, yeah. Something’s happened. There’s something about my boy– something you need to know.

Bridget: Hey. I was able to stop things. They were still running some tests. But I apprised dr. Caron of the situation, and her team is standing by.

Brooke: (Scoffs) will one of you please tell me what’s going on here?

Bridget: Oh. (Sighs) nick’s baby was born with a genetic defect. It’s called S.C.I.D.S– severe combined immunodeficiency.

Brooke: Immunodeficiency?

Bridget: Um, yeah, it’s–it’s where the baby is born with virtually no immune system. And if he, um, gets a cold or a little bug, he could die.

Brooke: Oh, my god. I’m so sorry. (Sighs) is there anything that–that can be done? Is–is there a cure?

Bridget: We can treat it with a bone marrow transplant. It has to be from one of the biological parents.

Brooke: Well, that’s good news, right?

Nick: It’s very good news.

Brooke: Okay. (Laughs nervously) I’m kind of confused. Shouldn’t you be with the donor mother right now? What does this have to do with me?

Nick: It has everything to do with you, brooke, everything.


Bold and Beautiful’s new baby has SCID

October 16, 2007

10/16/07 episode: 

Nick: S.C.I.D.?

Dr. Caron: Severe combined immunodeficiency.

Taylor: The “Boy in the bubble” syndrome?

Dr. Caron: That’s right. To put it simply, your son was born with almost no immune system.

Nick: So he–he can’t be around people, or…

Dr. Caron: Not now, no. Babies born with it are highly susceptible to infections. That’s usually how it’s diagnosed– after the baby’s already gravely ill with meningitis or pneumonia.

Baby: (Fussing)

Nick: Gravely ill?

Dr. Caron: It’s often fatal. I’m sorry.

Baby: (Crying)

Nick: Oh. Well, how did this happen?

Dr. Caron: It’s a genetic disorder. It–it–it sometimes happens when both parents have a certain recessive gene. Uh, but one of the lab techs noticed that the baby had an alarmingly low white blood cell count. So we did some follow-up tests to confirm the diagnosis. We’re lucky, in a way, because we’ve caught it before he’s had a chance to come down with anything. That’ll make it much easier to treat.

Nick: So it– it can be treated?

Dr. Caron: Yes, with a bone marrow transplant. Now the most effective treatment we have is what we call a half-match transplant from one of the parents. Using a half-match, we don’t have to worry about graft-host disease, and the baby doesn’t have to take as many medicines.

Taylor: (Voice breaking) I can’t be a donor because I’m not the biological mother.

Nick: You can use me. I’m the father.

Dr. Caron: We will. We’ll have to screen you, though– make sure there’s no viruses, no kind of infection. That could be fatal to the baby.

Taylor: (Normal voice) well, what– what is the success rate of that?

Dr. Caron: Well, an early half-match transplant within the first three months of life– almost 80%.

Nick: Well, I don’t want to wait. I don’t want to take any chances with this boy’s life. I want to do this transplant now, as soon as possible.

Taylor: No, we have to do everything we can to save him. Please, we don’t want to wait.


Nick: So… (clears throat) what if my marrow’s no good?

Dr. Caron: Well, I’m gonna contact the egg donor, see if she’ll cooperate.

Taylor: Whatever it takes– anything, please.

Dr. Caron: Oh, but she was anonymous, so maybe legally, it–

Nick: No, there’s a provision in the contract. We can contact the donor if there’s any issue with the child’s health.

Dr. Caron: Oh, good. That’ll make it easier.

Nick: Listen, doc, um… (clears throat) make sure you make it clear… (voice breaking) how much we love this little boy and how much we need her help.

Dr. Caron: I’ll get right on it. But right now, I’m afraid this little guy has gotta stay in a sterile environment.

Taylor: I can’t. I can’t. (Sobbing) I can’t. Please, no, don’t make me. I don’t want to be away from him. Please, please, don’t make me.

Nick: Shh. Shh. Shh. Shh. Now listen, our little boy’s in trouble, so we gotta do what we gotta do.

Taylor: I don’t want him to go.

Nick: (Whispers) I know. (Normal voice) hey, it’s okay.

Baby: (Grunting)

Taylor: (Sobbing)

Baby: (Fusses)

Dr. Caron: Okay.

Taylor: (Sobbing) Oh, God!

Nick: (Whispers) it’s all right.

Taylor: (Sobbing)


Dr. Caron: All right, we’ll test the father immediately. He’s very anxious to be the donor if everything works out.

Man: What about the egg donor?

Woman: I’ve got the file right here. Legal-verified– we have permission to make contact.

Dr. Caron: Ann Lloyd. She lives in riverside.

Woman: Is there a daytime number?

Dr. Caron: Yeah–her cell. Let’s do this. Let’s call her.

Man: I’ll arrange for Mr. Marone’s testing.


Taylor: (Sobbing) why? I just can’t believe this is happening. I don’t want to lose him.

Nick: Um, honey, I’m gonna get tested. I’m the kid’s father. It’s gonna be okay.

Taylor: Yeah, but what– what if–

Nick: Shh. Shh. Shh. Shh. Now listen. Listen. We’re gonna take this one step at a time, and right now we’re doing our best, okay?

Taylor: But–but what if the egg donor mother doesn’t want to– doesn’t want to help us? What if she won’t?

Nick: We are gonna do everything we can. We are gonna do our best for our son. Now you hold on to that. You hold on to that.


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