Embryo Mix-Up by IVF Clinic Leaves Couple DevastatedAugust 7, 2019
A New York couple filed a lawsuit recently against the CHA Fertility Clinic after the clinic impregnated a woman with the wrong embryos. The couple had spent over $100,000 on in vitro services, hoping to fulfill the dream of becoming parents. After a successful in vitro fertilization, the couple became pregnant with twins. However, upon giving birth, the couple, both of Asian descent, were shocked when the babies were born because neither baby was Asian. To make matters worse, the couple had to give the babies up to their biological parents. According to the lawsuit, the CHA Fertility Clinic was aware of the mistake, but tried to cover it up.
In addition to expecting newborn twins that were of Asian descent, the expectant parents were also expecting twin girls, but gave birth to twin boys instead. While the clinic’s website advertises an impressive track record of helping couples fulfill their dreams of becoming parents, this heartbroken couple said that their dreams were quickly shattered, first by the embryo mix-up, and again when they had to give the babies to their biological parents. The mix-up was confirmed by genetic testing, and they still do not know what happened to the embryos that should have been implanted.
Human Error is More Common Than You Think
Unfortunately, according to the FertilityIQ co-founder, mistakes like this, and others caused by human error, are common at IVF clinics. The process of growing embryos is extremely complex, involving nearly 200 different steps. Thousands of patients come to IVF facilities every year, which results in a lot of moving parts. Stories about clinics destroying or mixing up embryos have made headlines recently, which raises the question about whether health care professionals at fertility clinics have become too careless with people’s genetic material. These reckless actions had a devastating impact on prospective parents’ future happiness.
Another couple experienced a similar loss when they found out that the baby they conceived through IVF was not theirs. After spending months planning for the birth and looking forward to becoming parents, they learned that there was a mix-up with the embryos. Like the New York couple who gave birth to twins, this heartbroken couple also had to return the baby to the birth parents.
The couple who gave birth to twins filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the CHA Fertility clinic, accusing them of malpractice, negligence, and 14 other counts. The couple also suffered significant emotional trauma and financial losses for which they are seeking compensation.
Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Medical Errors
If you or a loved one was impregnated at a fertility clinic, and a health care provider at the clinic mixed up the embryos, causing you to give birth to a baby that is not biologically yours, you are urged to contact the Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. This type of medical mistake is unacceptable, and we will determine who is responsible and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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