A couple living in New York has reported to the reproductive clinic where they underwent in vitro fertilization after they were mistakenly implanted with the embryos of other parents. Those affected confirmed the error at the time of birth, since the babies, two boys, did not have the characteristics of the Asian race of their supposed parents.
The DNA tests found that the babies were not related to the couple, nor were they related to each other. In fact, each baby was genetically related to a couple who had also been in treatment with CHA Fertility, the lawsuit says. The Asian couple has been forced to deliver the babies to their true genetic parents, reports CNN.
The plaintiffs, identified only as AP and YZ, live in Flushing, New York, and were married in 2012. After having problems conceiving a child, they decided to try it through in vitro fertilization with a company called CHA Fertility based in Los Angeles.
The lawsuit states that the couple spent more than $ 100,000 on the services of this clinic, including fees for the center and doctors, specialist services, medications, lab fees, travel costs and more.
At the beginning of 2018, the company collected sperm and eggs from Y.Z. and A.P., which resulted in five embryos, four of which were girls.
The first attempt to transfer an embryo to A.P. It was failed. After trying again, in September 2018 came the happy news: pregnant with twins. But there they began to suspect that something was not right. An ultrasound determined that the twins were male, something that disturbed the couple since their embryos were all as a child, except one male that was not transferred.
When they called the co-owners of the fertility clinic to ask, they were told that the results of the ultrasound were not accurate and that it was not a definitive test. But March arrived, and A.P. she gave birth to two children, and none of the babies was of Asian descent.
The couple still do not know what happened to their true embryos. The lawsuit, filed July 1, notes that the plaintiffs suffered physical and emotional harm and accuse the owners of the clinic of medical malpractice, negligence and other 14 counts.
It is not the first time that an error of these characteristics related to assisted reproduction has occurred. In 2017, a Canarian infertility clinic was condemned for using wrong semen. In 2016, the possible erroneous insemination of 26 women was investigated in a Dutch hospital; and, in 2014, an Italian hospital implanted the embryos of one woman in the womb of another by mistake. .