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IVF nightmare: Fertility clinic glitch results in babies being born to wrong parents

| | July 18, 2019

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Anni and Ashot Manukyan wanted their daughter to have a younger sibling, so they used a fertility clinic to try to get pregnant using in vitro fertilization, or IVF.

Instead, one of the Manukyan’s embryos was thousands of miles away in the uterus of a Queens woman. And that woman gave birth on March 31 to the Manukyan’s genetic son as well as another baby boy from a third couple, according to a lawsuit.

Now the Manukyans are suing the clinic, CHA Fertility, for the shocking IVF mixup that has “played with three families’ lives,” Anni Manukyan.

The Queens mother, who is Asian, gave birth to two non-Asian babies, the lawsuit states, and DNA testing found that each child was a genetic match to a different couple who were also CHA Fertility clients.

The Queens couple was then forced to give up the babies to their genetic parents.

[T]he Manukyans said they and CHA Fertility do not know what happened to the second [embryo].

“It means that we live with the uncertainty that another embryo of ours may be born to someone else,” Anni Manukyan said.

Read full, original post: This couple got a stranger’s embryo in an IVF mixup, and someone else gave birth to their baby

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