Couple in IVF mix-up speak about clinic's 'heartbreaking' blunder

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2019

The horrendous mix-up was revealed in a lawsuit filed last week by a Queens couple who tried for years to become pregnant before giving birth to two babies belonging to two other families. The couple claims they were assured that they were expecting twin girls throughout the pregnancy. In court papers, the Manukyans said they'd turned to CHA Fertility after researching and deciding to try in vitro fertilization to build their family.

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.

The couple's lawsuit names the center, CHA Health Systems, Lee and owner and medical director Joshua Berger as well as laboratory director Simon Hong.

The three couples were all at the clinic on the same day in August 2018 to have embryos transferred.

"CHA robbed me of my ability to carry my own child".

Anni and Ashot Manukyan are suing a United States fertility clinic over an IVF mix-up.

CHA officials did not respond to emails seeking comment.

In vitro fertilisation is a series of procedures in which an egg is fertilised in a lab and then transferred to a uterus, according to the Mayo Clinic.

CHA Fertility claimed on its website to be one of the premier fertility treatment networks in the world and that it has "fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of aspiring parents" in over 22 countries.

They further claimed that the clinic brought them back in for a cheek swab which they had said was a routine check, but was a veiled attempt at obtaining DNA information in order to establish whether the boy in NY was indeed their son.

"They knew the day the babies were born because they had apparently called CHA and told them OK we're Asian and these children are white, they're Caucasian".

"I felt my heart beat outside my body", Anni Manukyan said when she learned the news. "Weeks later, Anni and Ashot learned that they had a son, but CHA refused to provide any further information regarding the identity of the NY couple or the whereabouts of their son".

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

"CHA wanted to obtain their DNA - under false pretenses - so that CHA could determine covertly whether a child, born on March 11, 2019 to a NY couple as one of two twins, might actually be Anni's and Ashot's child", said a news release posted to their lawyer's website.

"He's had no issues bonding with us". The couple said that CHA allegedly implanted another couple's embryo in her womb. But when the woman gave birth in March via caesarian section, it was to two boys, neither of whom shared their parents' Asian ethnicity.

"I'm eternally grateful to her for carrying my baby and taking care of him even after birth".

"God will give her her own handsome babies one day".

- A NY couple who gave birth to twins in March after traveling to Los Angeles to undergo in vitro fertilization has filed a lawsuit against the clinic claiming that a mix-up resulted in them giving birth to another couple's children, which they then had to give up.

Instead, they directed their ire at CHA Fertility, both for misusing their embryos and for implanting her with another embryo.

We live with the uncertainty that another embryo of ours may be born to someone else.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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