AN IVF mix-up led a devastated mum to deliver other couples' babies – which were a different race and gender, a lawsuit claims.
The mum – who is Asian – gave birth to two non-Asian baby boys who were each genetically related to different parents, the lawsuit says.
She had been expecting to give birth to her own twin girls after falling pregnant following treatment at Los Angeles-based CHA Fertility.
Now she and her husband are suing the clinic in the US District Court claiming they've been the victims of medical malpractice.
Identified only as A.P. and Y.Z., the New York couple say they have been left suffering "embarrassment and humiliation" after giving up the babies to their real parents.
They claim to have spent £80,000 on the in vitro fertilisation treatment after struggling to conceive since marrying in 2012, the New York Post reports.
EXPECTED ASIAN GIRLS
CHA Fertility's website boasted it is one of the "mecca of reproductive medicine”.
It has claimed to have “fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of aspiring parents from Southern California and beyond in over 22 countries.”
CHA allegedly told them it had fertilised two female embryos – with which mum A.P. believed she had fallen pregnant last September.
But when she gave birth in New York on March 31, neither baby – which were both boys – shared her or husband Y.Z.'s Asian ethnicity, the lawsuit claims.
'NO GENETIC LINK'
CHA personnel flew to New York to conduct tests that confirmed the newborns weren’t genetically related to Y.Z. and A.P., according to the lawsuit.
It adds: "The testing also confirmed that the two male babies were not genetically related to each other."
Y.Z. and A.P. were forced to give custody of each infant to their respective biological parents – who were also clients of CHA.
The distraught couple haven’t told most of their friends and relatives about the “unimaginable mishap" due to their shock, the lawsuit says.
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And they allegedly still don't know what happened to their two embryos – leading to the possibility that they've been implanted in another mum.
They are seeking unspecified damages physical and emotional harm of CHA Fertility's alleged medical malpractice, negligence and 14 other counts.
CHA Fertility has declined to comment on the case.
- Parts of this article originally appeared on the New York Post
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