Daphna and Alexander Cardinale, a couple from California (United States), have sued a state assisted reproduction clinic for an error in the in vitro fertilization they underwent. According to the complaint, the medical center implanted an embryo from another couple to Daphna Cardinale, for which she gave birth in September 2019 to a baby from other parents who physically did not resemble her and her partner at all, reports the BBC. After doubts, the Cardinales decided to do a DNA test and found the couple who had gestated their daughter with their genetic material. Both couples have decided to exchange the babies.
The Cardinale case is not the first error that occurs during an in vitro fertilization process, a technique that was successful for the first time in humans on July 25, 1978, when the one known as the first test tube girl was born by cesarean section. Louise Brown, at Oldham Hospital, UK. This assisted reproductive technique is a procedure in which a woman’s eggs are fertilized by the man’s sperm in a laboratory before the embryos are implanted in the woman’s uterus.
The Cardinales have sued the assisted reproduction clinic they attended, the Los Angeles-based California Center for Reproductive Health, and In VitroTech for medical malpractice, negligence and malicious concealment. Labs, an embryology laboratory. “Our memories of childbirth will always be tainted by the sick reality that our biological child was given to someone else, and the baby I fought to bring into this world was not mine,” Daphna Cardinale said Monday at a news conference at the who claimed that they “robbed him of the ability to bring his own son into the world.”
Daphna and Alexander Cardinale, according to the lawsuit, sought help in the summer of 2018 at a fertility clinic. They decided to do the treatment at the California Center for Reproductive Health, but when she gave birth in September 2019, she found that her daughter had “much darker skin.” “It was so shocking that Alexander took several steps away from the delivery table and leaned against the wall,” the lawsuit describes, according to the BBC. The couple underwent a DNA test almost two months later, and the results determined that they were not biologically related to the baby.
After going to the California Center for Reproductive Health, the very center that had made the mistake helped them find the couple who had given birth to their daughter within a week of each other. The babies were then about four months old, and both couples decided to begin the legal process to exchange them, which happened in January 2020. “Instead of breastfeeding my own daughter, I breastfed and bonded with a baby who later saw me. forced to deliver, ”Daphna Cardinale explained at a press conference on Monday.
According to the Cardinales, the incident has been especially difficult for their first daughter, who is only seven years old, and has had a hard time assimilating the exchange of babies. Both Daphna and Alexander are undergoing treatment for “symptoms of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder,” according to the lawsuit.