California couple sue over fertility clinic foul-up

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The Manukyans are one of three couples who had their embryos swapped by the Los Angeles-based CHA Fertility Clinic, according to the law firm Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane. They also do not know what became of their two female embryos. And it was a success: they were pregnant with twins in September.

It's reasonable, he said, for couples to ask prospective clinics - though maybe not on the first visit - about their processes for ensuring the correct sperm and egg are put together, and for making sure the correct embryo is identified before it's placed in the uterus.

Ms and Mr Manukyan had unsuccessfully gone through IVF in August 2018 using an embryo they thought was theirs.

The scandal was exposed when the Korean-American couple, who identified themselves only as YZ and AP in a lawsuit they filed against CHA last week, delivered two non-Asian boys in their home city of NY.

The New York couple involved in the mix-up have also filed suit in federal court in Brooklyn, seeking compensation after suffering what they say are "significant and permanent emotional injuries from which they will not recover".

"We relied on CHA to help us build a family and, instead, they robbed us of the opportunity to bring our own son into this world", Anni Manukyan said in a written statement.

Genetic testing confirmed that neither the man nor the woman "was genetically related to the babies. and that the two male babies were not genetically related to each other", the complaint says.

She and her husband have also sued.

The Manukyans are suing CHA Fertility for medical malpractice and negligence.

An attorney for the couple, Adam Wolf, said Wednesday the three-family mixup was one of the worst fertility centre tragedies in U.S. history. "It was heartbreaking. It was awful", Anni Manukyan said.

"She's a wonderful woman and I pray for her every day, and God will give her own lovely babies one day". The Queens couple was then forced to give up the babies to their genetic parents.

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"Due to the extreme misconduct of CHA Fertility Center, the number of things that went wrong here is just plain staggering", says attorney Adam Wolf.

However, according to their court filing, neither embryo was transferred to Anni Manukyan's uterus.

They first saw him at 6 weeks old.

As is the case for all couples embarking on eye-wateringly expensive fertility treatment, they were desperate.

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

Los Angeles residents Anni and Ashot Manukyan said in court papers they were horrified to learn that a New York City stranger mistakenly received their embryo and the embryo of another couple, carried them for eight months, and then gave birth-believing they were her own babies.

"I felt my heart beat outside my body", Anni Manukyan said when she learned the news.

It wasn't until more than six weeks later that the Los Angeles couple got custody of their son. "Who wants to meet their child in a lobby of a hotel?"

"He's had no issues bonding with us". "We love him so much".

Despite the custody battle, she praised the Queens woman who gave birth to the twins and wished her the best. I wasn't able to carry him, I wasn't able to hold him.

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

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