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In Vitro Fertilization Mistake Leads to Lawsuit

Posted on in Medical Malpractice

Winnebago County medical malpractice attorneysWhen couples cannot conceive a child traditionally, they often turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF). Through this process, an egg and sperm are combined in the laboratory and then the resulting embryo is implanted in the woman’s uterus. This option can be a wonderful solution for many couples. However, the IVF process does not always go according to plan. One couple who turned to IVF was recently horrified to learn that a mix up led to their embryo being implanted in another woman and that they were carrying children from another couple. The couple says they plan to sue the fertility clinic who made the grievous medical error.

Embryo’s from Three Couples Were Implanted in the Wrong Women

When a couple chooses to use IVF to have a baby, they are likely to have many concerns. Will the procedure result in a viable embryo? Will the pregnancy go smoothly? Will the child be healthy? Most couples, however, would not even dream that medical negligence could lead to something as outrageous as what several IVF couples are now facing.

The mistake was first discovered after a Korean-American woman gave birth to twins who were not the gender she expected nor were they of Asian descent. In fact, the babies were not even genetically related to one another. The woman had actually given birth to babies belonging to two other couples. The other couples were equally devastated to learn that another woman had carried their children.

Couple Seeks Punitive Damages After Shocking Medical Negligence

A mistake of this caliber is almost unthinkable and impending lawsuit will likely be the first of its kind. The New York couple who gave birth to other families’ babies is seeking damages for emotional suffering as well as punitive damages. They explain that the fertility clinic "put three families through a living hell, and our lives will never be the same…now we will fight to make sure this never happens again." A mistake like this is unacceptable. Medical professionals have a duty of care to their patients and must be held responsible when they fail to uphold this duty. If you or a loved one have been the victim of medical negligence, speak with a qualified medical malpractice attorney right away.

Contact a Winnebago County Medical Malpractice Attorney

The experienced legal professionals at Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS understand that medical negligence can lead to severe mental and physical suffering. If you have reason to believe that you were harmed by substandard medical care, reach out to our seasoned Rockford medical malpractice lawyers for help. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your case by calling 815-215-7561.

 

Sources:

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/us-world-news/couple-speaks-about-ivf-mix-up-i-m-just-praying-to-god-i-don-t-have-another-son-out-there-

http://www.ktvu.com/news/couple-forced-to-give-up-newborn-twins-after-wrong-embryos-implanted-in-ivf-mix-up-lawsuit-claims

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