Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

IVF: Second couple sue after clinic 'uses wrong embryos'

IVF: Second couple sue after clinic 'uses wrong embryos'

The lawsuit by Anni and Ashot Manukyan describes an alleged in vitro fertilization mix-up by CHA Fertility Center in Los Angeles that involves three separate couples.

"CHA robbed me of my ability to carry my own child, my baby boy, to be with him in the first couple of, you know, moments of his life, to nurse him, to just do like skin-on-skin contact to just, you know, be a mom to him", Anni Manukyan said Wednesday.

A Glendale couple who claim one of their embryos was implanted into the wrong woman, causing their son to be carried and delivered by a complete stranger in NY, announced a lawsuit Wednesday accusing a Los Angeles clinic of botching their in vitro fertilization procedure.

The Manukyans claim CHA tricked them into giving a DNA sample in the spring of 2019 after the clinic discovered the discrepancy but lied about the reason, calling it a routine test, the lawsuit said.

But when the woman gave birth in March via caesarian section, it was to two boys, neither of whom shared their parents' Asian ethnicity.

Fertility clinics are "different on many levels: the medical protocols they deploy, levels of individual attention they provide, biases around single and multiple embryo transfer, lab quality, price, nature of the clinicians, and overall competency", according to FertilityIQ, a website that collects data and reviews from patients about their experiences at fertility clinics.

They were then forced to give up the babies to their true genetic parents.

The Manukyan had unsuccessfully gone through IVF in August 2018 using an embryo they thought was theirs.

However, they claim Ms. Manukyan was impregnated with someone else's embryo, which did not result in a pregnancy.

The Asian couple, who have not been named, sued the clinic in NY last week.

"The testing also confirmed that the two male babies were not genetically related to each other", the Post said the lawsuit claims. It was heartbreaking, it was awful, ' Anni said, weeping.

Anni and Ashot Manukyan have spoken out about the twist in IVF mix-up. "In return, CHA gave Anni and Ashot lies, excuses and heartbreak", the Manukyans attorney, Adam Wolf, said in the statement.

When a New York City woman gave birth to twins in March, she and her husband were shocked to find that they were neither girls, as they'd expected, nor Asian, like them.

CHA Fertility has not responded to repeated CNN inquiries for comment.

"Who wants to meet their child in the lobby of a hotel?" she said.

According to the couple's lawyers, they filed a habeas corpus petition in family court in an attempt to obtain custody of their son, which they eventually did. They also do not know what became of their two female embryos. They were not allowed to know anything about their son, or the couple raising him, and the anxiety drove Anni to be hospitalized with a stress-related illness. "While I have handled hundreds of cases of fertility-center misconduct, this tragedy at CHA is among the most egregious I have seen".

"No amount of money will ever make this right", Mr. Wolf said Wednesday at a press conference. "CHA put my family through a living hell".

"They have been unwilling to tell us how this happened", he said.

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