This alarming story about seemingly being implanted with their own genetic material during in vitro fertilization while actually carrying someone else's children is a good example of malpractice.
In September 2018, a New York couple became pregnant with twins through in vitro fertilization, an process that had taken months of effort, multiple cross-country trips to an LA-area clinic, and over $100,000 – and it turns out the children that were later born were not theirs.
Yes, you heard that right.
The children born were not theirs.
Just last week, the couple filed a lawsuit alleging that the clinic engaged in medical malpractice through implanting eggs into the mother that belonged to someone else.
Though the couple was expecting to have twin girls due to the transfer of female embryos, early sonograms showed that the fetuses may actually be boys, a concern that doctors apparently did not investigate. Ultimately, this mistake proved disastrous. This past March, the couple met their newborns – except that the children weren’t theirs. The two babies were boys, and they were also white, while their supposed parents were both of Asian descent. Eventually the two infants were proven to be genetically unrelated.
So what happened?
The couple claims that they were forced to give up custody of both children, despite believing throughout the pregnancy that the children were a product of their egg and sperm. Doctors have not given the couple the explanation they deserve, but it seems evident that the mother’s eggs were swapped with those of another woman, obviously through some sort of negligence.
“Plaintiffs were required to relinquish custody of Baby A and Baby B, thus suffering the loss of two children,” according to their claim. “Plaintiffs have suffered significant and permanent emotional injuries for which they will not recover.” It further asserts that A.P., who carried the babies, suffered “physical and emotional injuries.”
If you found yourself blindsided like this through medical negligence, how would you protect yourself? And how could you work to prevent something like this from happening in the first place?
It is essential to know your rights and to advocate for yourself and your loved ones. Make sure to provide all relevant medical information and history to your providers and to speak up or ask questions to make sure you are being protected – no one knows your body better than you.
As proactive as you may be, sometimes the unthinkable still happens through no fault of your own.
If you find yourself wondering if you have a medical malpractice case, don’t wait to seek help. We represent clients who have faced tragic outcomes as a result of medical malpractice, and we fight to ensure that they have the resources and care they need, as well as financial compensation for their injuries and medical expenses. We fight for parents all the time- advocating forb children with special needs, victims of life-threatening injuries, and cases of wrongful death.
Just ask LaTonya.
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