A woman from Queens, New York claims she was pregnant and gave birth to someone else’s babies due to an in vitro fertilization (IVF) mishap.
In a new lawsuit, a couple sued CHA Fertility Clinic for an embryo mix-up after the Asian-American parents allege the wrong embryos were implanted during an IVF treatment, reports FOX4Now.
The couple reportedly carried the babies to term only to learn that the twins weren’t biologically theirs. The boys were born on March 31 via a cesarean section.
According to the suit, they were “shocked to see that the babies they were told were formed using both of their genetic material did not appear to be.” It was evident at birth that the twin boys were not Asian.
Once genetic testing determined the twins belonged to another family, they were forced to give the infants back to their biological parents. It’s unclear when the couple handed over the twin boys to their biological parents.
As CBS News reports, the unnamed New York couple has blamed Dr. Joshua Berger and Simon Hong for the “unimaginable mishap.” The couple alleges that the clinic knew about the mix-up but tried to “conceal it.”
According to IVF expert Jake Anderson, the devastating mistake isn’t unheard of. Anderson told the outlet:
“It’s this agonizing process to grow embryos. And it involves almost over 200 different steps and when you assume this happens to thousands of patients every year within that laboratory, all of a sudden you’ve got a lot of moving parts.”
In all, the parents spent about $100,000 on expenses related to the fertility treatment.
In their legal claim, the couple said the experience of delivering the twins and then losing them has left the couple with “permanent emotional injuries from which they will not recover,” reports New York Post.
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