A British couple in Trumbull, Connecticut, believe that their clinic accidentally switched the wrong embryo sperm combination which caused the birth of a child that wasn't genetically related to them. The couple is blaming these doctors on the act of negligence. The cherry on top of this story is that the baby is not even the same race as them.
The couple's lawyers have been probing into this clinic for more information but here's the thing, the clinic has recently announced that it's closed.
The Connecticut Post has reported on a lawsuit stating that In January 2015, the couple, who now live in London, contracted with CT Fertility P.C. for invitro fertilization using the husband’s sperm and embryos from a known donor that were stored at the Trumbull clinic. The suit claims that the IVF treatment resulted in the birth of the couple’s first child being born April 2016.
The lawsuit goes on to state that in December 2017, the couple underwent a second IVF treatment at CT Fertility with the defendants representing they were using the embryo from the known donor that was in storage at the clinic and the husband’s sperm. That treatment resulted in the birth of the couple's second child on August 22, 2018.
"Their second child appeared to have a much darker skin pigmentation then either the father, the genetic mother or their first child which was extremely unexpected and perplexing as the children were supposed to have the same genetic makeup," according to the suit.
Fearing that the children didn't have the same biological makeup, the couple sent off the DNA samples to a second clinic where their fears were confirmed... their second child was not related to its older sibling.
The suit also states that, "While the plaintiff’s second son is loved in every aspect the plaintiffs live in constant, nagging, debilitating fear that the person whose genetic material was used will realize, as they did, that the defendants negligently mixed up their genetic material."
This brings fear into the couple that their embryonic sample most likely has been transferred to someone else.
With genetic material, and even everything medical in general, it's hard to genuinely know that everything is being done accurately. This story is just one of many that makes people unsure of the medical field, but we have to understand that mistakes can happen.
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