Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fertility Clinic Implanted Wrong Embryo, Woman Gave Birth To Another Couple’s Baby

Fertility Clinic Implanted Wrong Embryo, Woman Gave Birth To Another Couple’s Baby

The Manukyans told reporters yesterday that they were unaware they had a son until the clinic, located in the Los Angeles area, contacted them out of the blue to obtain their DNA so that it could determine whether the child born to the NY couple was theirs.

As a result, they said a complete stranger in NY gave birth to their child in March after two embryos - theirs and one belonging to another unidentified couple - were mistakenly implanted into the woman's uterus.

The Manukyans only discovered they had a son after the NY couple, who are Korean American and were expecting two girls, gave birth to two boys who were not of Asian descent. The couple was forced to give both children to their biological parents.

"What Anni and Ashot discovered, much to their horror, was that their son had been stolen from them when he was still an embryo and implanted into a stranger that later became his birth mother", claims the suit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Last week, the New York City woman and her husband also sued CHA Fertility, saying doctors there transferred the wrong embryos when they underwent in vitro fertilization a year ago.

The Manukyans, of Glendale, said that even after they learned of their biological son's birth, the clinic wouldn't tell them where he was located citing HIPAA violations.

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

After the babies were born, the clinic tracked down the Manukyans and the parents of the other baby who have also taken custody of their child.

"CHA put three families through a living hell, and our lives will never be the same", Ashot Manukyan told reporters.

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The mishandling of embryos by the CHA Fertility Centre has been described by a United States attorney as "one of the worst fertility centre tragedies I have ever seen".

CHA's website calls it a "world renowned fertility clinic". Anni Manukyan said. "It was just heartbreaking".

In fact, the Manukyan used the clinic in 2011 to give birth to their daughter, who is now 7 years old, they said.

Anni and Ashot Manukyan had to go to court to get their child, in what is widely regarded as the first case of its kind.

Y.Z. and A.P., who married in 2012, said they were required to give up custody, "thus suffering the loss of two children", according to the lawsuit.

It took another month and a legal battle for the Manukyans to bring their son home.

Anni Manukyan said she felt "violated" after she learned she had also been implanted with another couple's embryo that did not result in pregnancy. "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". Manukyan said through tears at a press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

"CHA robbed me of my ability to carry my own child, my baby boy, and be with him in the first moments of his life", she said.

"IVF in the U.S.is a huge success story", Dr. Eric Widra, chief medical officer of fertility clinic Shady Grove Fertility, told INSIDER. According to the Manukyans, one of those boys was actually theirs while the other was from the embryo of yet another couple.

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