LOS ANGELES (NWN) – Two California couples after a mix-up at a fertility clinic gave birth to each other’s babies before swapping babies, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles. took care of those who were not theirs.
Daphna Cardinale said she and her husband, Alexander, immediately suspected that the girl they gave birth to in late 2019 was not hers because the baby was darker than hers.
Daphna said she suppressed her doubts because she fell in love with the baby and trusted the in vitro fertilization process and her doctors. She said that it was revealed months later that she was pregnant with another couple’s child, and that another woman was carrying their child, which left her deeply traumatised.
“I was overwhelmed with feelings of fear, betrayal, anger and heartbreak,” Daphna said during a news conference announcing the trial with her husband. “The ability to carry my own child was taken away from me. I never had the opportunity to feel her kick, to grow and bond with her during pregnancy. ”
The Cardinals’ complaint accuses the Los Angeles-based California Center for Reproductive Health (CCRH) and its owner, Dr. Aliran More, of medical malpractice, breach of contract, negligence and fraud. It seeks jury trial and seeks unspecified damages.
Yvonne Telles, the center’s office administrator, declined to comment on Monday. Peacock could not be reached for comment.
The two other parents involved in the alleged mix-up want to remain anonymous and plan a similar trial in the coming days, according to attorney Adam Wolf, who represents all four parents.
The lawsuit claims that CCRH mistakenly implanted the embryos of another pair into Daphna and transferred the cardinals’ embryos—composed of Daphna’s eggs and Alexander’s sperm—to another woman.
As per the filing, both the girls were born in a span of a week in September 2019. Both couples inadvertently raised the wrong baby for about three months, before a DNA test confirmed that the embryos had been swapped.
“The cardinals, including their young daughter, fell in love with this child, and were afraid that he would be taken away from them,” the complaint said. “At all times, Alexander and Daphna were not aware of the whereabouts of their own fetus, and were thus horrified that another woman was pregnant with their child—and that their child was somewhere out in the world without them.”
The children were exchanged in January 2020.
Such mixing is extremely rare, but not unprecedented. in 2019 A couple in Glendale, California, sued a separate fertility clinic, claiming that their embryos were mistakenly implanted in a New York woman who gave birth to her own son as well as the other couple’s other boys. also gave birth to
Wolf, whose firm specializes in fertility matters, called for more oversight for IVF clinics.
“This case highlights an industry in dire need of federal regulation,” he said.
Daphna said, telling her older daughter, now 7 years old, that doctors made a mistake and that the new baby wasn’t actually her sister “was the hardest thing in my life.”
“My heart breaks for him, probably the most,” she said.
Both children have been returned to their biological families ever since the mix emerged. Since then, the four parents have made an effort to stay in each other’s lives and “build a big family,” Daphna said.
“They were in love with our biological daughter as much as we loved their daughter,” Alexander said.