California parents sue after getting another couple’s embryo.
The Angels: Two California couples gave birth to each other’s babies after a mix-up at a fertility clinic and spent months raising children who were not their own before exchanging the babies, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles.
Daphna Cardinale said that she and her husband, Alexander, had immediate suspicions that the girl she gave birth to in late 2019 was not theirs because the girl had a darker complexion than they did.
They suppressed their doubts because they fell in love with the baby and trusted the IVF process and their doctors, Daphna said. Months later, learning that she had been pregnant with another couple’s baby and that another woman had been pregnant with him caused lasting trauma, she said.
“I was overwhelmed by feelings of fear, betrayal, anger, and anguish,” Daphna said during a news conference with her husband announcing the lawsuit. “They robbed me of the ability to carry my own child. I never had a chance to grow up and bond with her during pregnancy, to feel her kick. ”
Cardinal’s complaint accuses the Los Angeles-based California Center for Reproductive Health (CCRH) and its owner, Dr. Eliran Mor, of medical malpractice, breach of contract, negligence and fraud. Demand a jury trial and seek unspecified damages.
Yvonne Telles, the center’s office administrator, declined to comment Monday. Mor could not be reached for comment.
The other two parents involved in the alleged confusion wish to remain anonymous and plan a similar lawsuit in the coming days, according to attorney Adam Wolf, who represents the four parents.
The lawsuit claims that CCRH mistakenly implanted the other couple’s embryo into Daphna and transferred the Cardinals’ embryo, made from Daphna’s egg and Alexander’s sperm to the other woman.
The babies, both girls, were born a week apart in September 2019. Both couples unintentionally raised the wrong child for nearly three months before DNA testing confirmed the embryos were swapped, according to the document.