Couple gave birth to babies of different race because of IVF mix-up
A couple is suing a fertility clinic after a woman gave birth to other couples' babies because of an IVF mix-up. According to a lawsuit filed in US District Court, the mother, who is Asian, gave birth to two non-Asian babies, and each child was a genetic match to a different couple that was also a client at the fertility clinic. The devastated parents were then forced to give up the children to their real genetic parents. The New York couple, identified only as A.P. and Y.Z to minimise the "embarrassment and humiliation, were married in 2012. After having trouble conceiving a child, they decided to try to have a baby through in vitro fertilisation, (IVF), with a company called CHA Fertility based out of Los Angeles, the lawsuit states. They claimed they spent more than £80,000 on the IVF, or in vitro fertilisation, including medication, laboratory fees, travel and other costs. The company claimed on its website to be one of the "premier fertility treatment networks in the world," the lawsuit states. The clinic says on its site that it has "fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of aspiring parents" in over 22 countries. The couple still does not know what happened to their two embryos that were supposed to be transferred to A.P., the lawsuit states. The case, filed July 1, says the plaintiffs have suffered physical and emotional harm and accuses the defendants of medical malpractice, negligence and 14 other counts. CHA Fertility did not respond to a request for comment. IVF is the process of fertilising an egg outside of the woman's body, before returning it to the womb to grow and develop.