For couples struggling to conceive, IVF offers up a thread of hope. Unfortunately for one couple, the dream turned into a nightmare. The married man and woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, found themselves pregnant with twin girls. After years of trying to have a baby, this was the news they had always wanted. Sadly, it didn't end well. According to The Guardian, there were numerous mistakes made by CHA Fertility in Los Angeles from the beginning.
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Initially, the couple was told that the twins were definitively female. However, later on, a sonogram revealed the twins to be male. CHA reassured the couple that they were having girls and that the sonogram results were wrong. When the twins were born, they were boys...but that wasn't all. As both mom and dad were Asian, they were expecting Asian children, but neither were. Concerned at the obvious difference in ethnicity, the couple called in their lawyers, who arranged for DNA testing. This proved that neither babies were related to them, or each other for that matter.
As they weren't physically related to either child, they had to relinquish custody of the babies to their genetic parents. The situation has caused the New York couple great distress, so they're suing CHA. Not only have they had to suffer the loss of one child, but two, states the court documents. As well as this, their own embryos are missing. It's not clear what happened to them, if they're still in existence or if CHA destroyed them as the plaintiff's suspect. CHA has yet to comment on the situation.
Attorneys have filed a complaint and are seeking a jury trail on 16 counts. Medical malpractice, negligence, reckless and wanton misconduct and deceit, and fraudulent concealment all appear on the wrap sheet. The incident has understandably had a profound impact on the parents. The mom went through the trauma of birth and having children taken away. The IVF treatment alone cost upward of $100,000 including medical and travel expenses. Now, the only thing they can do is hope they get justice for the overwhelming ordeal.