Two couples from California gave birth to each other’s baby after an embryo mix-up at the fertility clinic
One of the couples, Daphne and Alexander Cardinale, was immediately suspicious after the baby girl had a darker complexion than them when she was born in 2019.
They have said they suppressed their feelings because of their love for their daughter and trusted the IVF process and their doctors.
Sky News is reporting that the couple found out months later that Daphne had been pregnant with another couple’s baby, and the other woman had carried their biological child.
Daphne said at a press conference to announce the lawsuit: “I was robbed of the ability to carry my own child. I never had the opportunity to grow and bond with her during pregnancy, to feel her kick.”
The lawsuit accuses the California Center for Reproductive Medicine(CCRM), based in Los Angeles, and its owner Dr Eliron Mor, of breach of contract, negligence, fraud, and medical malpractice.
The other parents involved have filed a similar lawsuit but wish to remain anonymous.
The baby girls were born a week apart in September 2019 and were raised for three months by the wrong parents.
They were swapped back in January 2020 after DNA tests confirmed their worst fears.
Both families have stayed in touch and have become a ‘large family’ because of their love for both children.
Alexander said: “They were just as much in love with our biological daughter as we were with theirs.”
The lawsuit is demanding a jury trial and seeks unspecified damages.
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