Couple’s embryo implanted in wrong woman, files lawsuit against fertility clinic
By Kristelle Bechayda
A couple from Southern California is suing a fertility clinic with claims that their embryo was mistakenly implanted in another mother.
In the lawsuit filed by Anni and Ashot Manukyan, there has been a case of alleged mix-up in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure conducted by CHA Fertility Center in Los Angeles.
“What Anni and Ashot discovered, much to their horror, was that their son had been stolen from them when he was still an embryo and implanted into a stranger that later became his birth mother,” claims the suit that was recently filed at the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The incident doesn’t only involve two couples, but also another pair whose embryo was implanted to the birth mother in New York. The lawsuit says she believed she was carrying twins made from her and her husband’s genetic material.
After genetic testing, it was confirmed that the two infants were not related to the couple and to each other.
A separate medical malpractice and negligence lawsuit has also been filed by the Queens woman and her husband in Brooklyn last week.
Meanwhile, the Manukyans, who had to undergo a court fight before they were granted custody of their son, are seeking for compensatory and punitive damages.
“CHA put three families through a living hell, and our lives will never be the same,” Ashot Manukyan said in a statement. “We fought to get our boy back and now we will fight to make sure this never happens again.”
The lawsuit also stated that Anni Manukyan has been mistakenly implanted with at least one embryo from a stranger, all the while thinking it was made from her and her husband’s genetic material. However, none of those implantation resulted in a successful pregnancy.
On the other hand, it is unclear from the lawsuits who the third couple is or what happened to their child.
Story from Associated Press.