Woman forced to give babies back in IVF mix-up
Content Editor / July 09 2019
A couple from New York is suing a fertility clinic after a woman gave birth to other couples' babies because of an IVF mix-up.
The mother, who is Asian, gave birth to two non-Asian babies, and each child was a genetic match to two different couples who were also clients at the fertility clinic, 7News reports.
The Asian couple were then forced to give up the two babies to their genetic parents.
The couple had been trying for some time to start a family when they decided to try IVF with a company called CHA Fertility based out of Los Angeles, the lawsuit states.
CHA Fertility claimed on its website to be one of the “premier fertility treatment networks in the world,” the lawsuit states.
The clinic also claims to have “fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of aspiring parents” all over the world.
The couple spent more than $100,000 for the IVF services, including facility and doctors' fees, specialist services, medication, lab expenses, travel costs and more.
The couple were ecstatic when they discovered they were expecting twins, however they were also confused because they were told the twins were boys, and only one of their five embryos was a boy – and the male embryo had not been transferred.
They were told that the sonograph results were not accurate and that it was not a definitive test. But when the babies were born they were clearly not of Asian descent.
"Plaintiffs were shocked to see that the babies they were told were formed using both of their genetic material did not appear to be," the lawsuit states.
DNA tests found that the babies were not related to the Asian couple, or each other, but were in fact genetically related to two other couples who were clients of the clinic.
The couple then had to hand the two babies over to their genetic parents and still do not know what has happened to the embryos that belonged to them.
Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.