Thursday, 11 July 2019
About a decade ago, Anni and Ashot Manukyan of Glendale, California, entrusted their embryos to a fertility clinic in Los Angeles that promised its in vitro fertilization technique would lead to a baby.When they returned for a transfer last year, one of the embryos took. But the couple say it was implanted in the wrong woman, who then gave birth to their son in upstate New York.When they discovered the error, the couple say, it took an agonizing legal fight - "the most excruciating period of their lives" - to reclaim the child.
"What Anni and Ashot discovered, much to their horror, was that their son had been stolen from them when he was still an embryo and implanted into a stranger that later became his birth mother," says a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.The case mounted by the couple is the second in the past 10 days targeting the CHA Fertility Center in Los Angeles, as well as several of its leaders.
The first was filed by the New York woman and her husband, who say they were operating under the false assumption that the embryos were their own. Instead, they say, they were forced to relinquish custody of twins formed from genetic material belonging to two other couples, who had also sought the clinic's services and whose embryos had been transferred to the birth mother without the knowledge or consent of any of the parties.