A couple in New York recently experienced a parent’s worst nightmare after giving birth to twins. The couple alleges that CHA Fertility, a Los Angeles fertility clinic, implanted the wrong embryos, resulting in the wife giving birth to another family’s children.
After spending more than $100,000 on in vitro fertilization, the husband and wife gave birth to twin boys, after they had been expecting twin girls. The babies were also not of Asian heritage like the couple, according to NBC News. DNA testing confirmed that the children were not genetically theirs.
Because the children were not theirs biologically, the couple had to give back the babies to their biological parents. They had been trying to have a baby since 2012 when they first married.
The couple is now suing the fertility clinic, which they began visiting in early 2018. They are suing the clinic for, among other things, medical malpractice, negligence, intentional inflection of emotional distress, misconduct, and breach of contract, according to the Washington Post. They claim the clinic knew about the switch and made attempts to cover up their mistake. The lawsuit states that the couple “was shocked to see that the babies they were told were formed using both of their genetic material did not appear to be.”
CHA Fertility promotes themselves as being the “mecca of reproductive medicine.” The clinic launched in 2002 when they became the first commercial egg-freezing facility in the U.S.
The husband and wife have chosen to remain anonymous to limit the “embarrassment and humiliation” they feel, according to a recent People story.
But the story doesn’t quite end there. A second lawsuit is being brought against CHA Fertility by Glendale, CA couple Anni and Ashot Manukyan, who claim that the clinic implanted their embryo into the wrong woman, who ultimately gave birth to their child in New York.
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