New York Couple Implanted with Wrong Embryos

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2019

The Manukyans claim they were then forced to go to court to gain custody of the son born from their embryo, after the NY couple initially claimed parental rights.

Anni and Ashot Manukyan wanted their daughter to have a younger sibling, so they used a fertility clinic to try to get pregnant using in vitro fertilisation, or IVF.

Anni and Ashot Manukyan of California had no idea one of their embryos had been implanted in another woman until two weeks after she'd given birth - and even then, they had to wait weeks before being united with the little boy as a custody battle ensued.

A bungled IVF treatment - which led to a NY woman unknowingly giving birth to the babies of two couples who were complete strangers - has been branded the "worst embryo-related tragedies in history".

The couple said the baby was nearly 2 weeks old when they learned of him.

The lawsuit claims one of the twins born in NY was from their embryo, which the Manukyans claim CHA attempted to hide.

A United States couple are suing a fertility hospital, saying the firm implanted their embryo accurate into a special lady.

The Manukyans, who were married in 2007, said that in March 2011, an embryo transfer had resulted in the birth of their daughter.

Wolf, the couple's lawyer, said the Manukyans were seeking emotional and punitive damages as well as court costs in their fight for their infant son in NY and payments made to CHA.

CHA Fertility Center could not be reached for comment.

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Today, about 1.7% of all babies born in the USA each year are conceived using ART, the CDC says.

The New York woman and her husband, who are Asian-American, believed that they were having twin girls, only to deliver two Caucasian boys. Who wants to meet their child in the lobby of a hotel? "While I have handled hundreds of cases of fertility-center misconduct, this tragedy at CHA is among the most egregious I have seen".

But Mr. Wolf said there is hardly any oversight of fertility clinics, and he called for more regulation. Scans showed they had been giving birth to boys, no matter doctors saying they had feeble female embryos. "It was just - it was heartbreaking, it was bad", she said. "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".

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.

"CHA robbed me of my ability to carry my own child, my baby boy ... to be with him in the first moments of his life", Anni Manukyan, the biological mom of one of the babies, and the first one to speak publicly, said in a press conference Wednesday.

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.

"CHA put my family through living hell".

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.

The fertility center's website said that "Los Angeles (CFC LA) has fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of aspiring parents from Southern California and beyond in over 22 countries".

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