Sunday, 26 Jan 2020

Couple gave birth to strangers' babies in 'heartbreaking' IVF mix-up

A couple gave birth to twins whose biological mothers were two different strangers in a ‘heartbreaking’ IVF mix-up.

They had to give up both of their twins after the mistake was discovered, a lawsuit claims.

The Asian American couple, from Queens in New York, realised something could be wrong when they were told they were carrying two boys instead of the girls they had been expecting.

But they were told not to worry, and that there could have been a mistake on the sonogram, they said.

The pair were desperate to have a child and claim they had spent over $100,000 on doctors’ fees, medication, lab expenses and travel costs, according to the New York Post.

Their dreams were shattered, however, when they had to give up both children.

They realised they had been implanted with the wrong embryos when they gave birth to twin boys who were a different race on March 30. Tests showed the babies were not genetically related to the couple, or to each other.

A couple from California who were the biological parents of one of the boys are also suing Los Angeles CHA Fertility Center over the error.

Anni and Ashot Manukyan, from Glendale, had to fight a custody battle to be able to take their son home, by which time he was already six weeks old.

‘Who wants to meet their child in the lobby of a hotel?’ Anni Manukyan told a press conference. ‘It was heartbreaking. It was terrible.’

Their lawyer Adam Wolf said the case was ‘one of the worst embryo-related tragedies in US history.’

Anni said she found out she had also been implanted with an embryo from an unknown woman, but it did not result in pregnancy.

‘CHA robbed me of my ability to carry my own child, my baby boy, and be with him in the first moments of his life,’ she said.

The couple implanted with the wrong embryo, named in court documents only as A.P. and Y.Z., the experience has left them with ‘permanent emotional injuries from which they will not recover,’ they said.

The parents of the second twin have not come forward publicly.

The clinic has not yet commented on the case.

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