US couple sues fertility clinic for mixing up their embryo, implanting it into wrong woman

A fertility clinic is being sued for mixing up its clients' embryos and implanting them into the wrong woman by mistake.

As a result, a New York couple gave birth to twins that weren't theirs.

The twins were from two other couples, who had to give both children back. 

Californian couple Anni and Ashot Manukyan, who finally got their baby back, has decided to sue CHA Fertility Clinic as they didn't get to enjoy the pregnancy or the birth.

Their baby son, Alec, was carried by a stranger in New York after a fertility centre mistakenly implanted their embryo, as well as the embryo of another couple, into that same New York woman without anyone's knowledge.

"I feel [robbed] every day," said Anni Manukyan. 

"I didn't get to hold him. I didn't get to have him inside of me. I didn't get to feel him kick."

Two babies were born March 31 to an Asian couple who thought they had twins.

"They knew the day the babies were born," said Manukyan.

"They had apparently called CHA and told them, 'we're Asian, but these children are white. They're Caucasian. They are definitely not ours'."

A few days later they were asked by the fertility clinic to take a DNA test. The next day, they learned the stunning news.

"At one point, she said 'think if it is a good thing. You have a son now'. And I just lashed out... what about the woman, you know? What is she going through right now?"

"Thank God we got our child back, but she ended up with nothing."

It took another month and a legal battle before the Manukyans could bring their son home.

"It was hard not knowing where your child is... we just cried all day because we didn't know if we were ever going to see him."

Their attorney, Adam Wolf, filed a lawsuit.

"I can't see how they could trust CHA again, I can't see how anyone could trust CHA again. This is just a failure of epic proportions."

CHA has not responded to repeated requests for a comment by CBS News.

As for baby Alec, he's bonding with his parents. 

"He's doing great," says Manukyan.

CBS News

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