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Couple Claims IVF 'Mix-Up' Led to Birth of Wrong Babies, Forced Them to Give Up Newborn Twins


According to court documents, after years of trying to get pregnant, a New York couple finally succeeded but was dismayed when they allegedly learned they weren’t related to their babies.

The two filed a lawsuit accusing CHA Fertility Center in Los Angeles of medical malpractice and intentional infliction of emotional distress following an alleged mix-up and being forced to give the babies up to each of their rightful parents, who were also clients of CHA.

The couple, identified as A.P. and Y.Z., claim that they spent $100,000 on in-vitro fertilization and related costs at CHA. It took two tries to successfully implant an embryo in A.P.

According to the New York Post, court documents say that the couple was “ecstatic” upon learning they would be having twin girls.

However, sonograms revealed that A.P. was carrying boys.

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Doctors who run the CHA Fertility Center reportedly told the parents-to-be that ultrasounds are not always correct. But when A.P. gave birth in March 2019, the couple immediately knew something was amiss. The twins were, in fact, boys.

The Asian couple was “shocked to see that the babies they were told were formed using both of their genetic material did not appear to be,” according to BBC.

Testing allegedly revealed that the babies had no genetic relation to A.P. or Y.Z.

“The testing also confirmed that the two male babies were not genetically related to each other,” the lawsuit says.

A.P. and Y.Z. claim they were so devastated that they “could not find the courage and the way to tell others about their devastating loss.”

The couple says they “may never know what happened to their embryos, as well as whether the currently cryopreserved embryos are genetically matched to them.”

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The babies’ respective biological parents have yet to make statements concerning the situation.

Dr. Amber Samuel of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine told the New York Post that the babies shouldn’t suffer from the mistake, as A.P. was healthy during pregnancy.

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, reached out to CHA Fertility Center for comment.

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Noel Marquis is a journalist and animal-lover hailing from the Midwest. After an internship with Disney following her college graduation, she pursued a career writing content that makes readers smile. Coffee, books and superhero movies are some of her favorite things.