Couple sues after stranger gives birth to their child after fertility center mix-up

A California couple has filed a lawsuit against a fertility center after they say a mix-up led to a couple in New York giving birth to their son.
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story. An ivf mix-up. A couple is suing after they say a complete stranger unexpectedly gave birth to their child and someone else's. We are hearing from them this morning and Adrienne Bankert has their story. Reporter: This morning, an ivf mix-up. The parents of a child born to the wrong mother are speaking out for the very first time. In no way, shape or form I thought that someone else was carrying -- actually delivered my child. Reporter: In a newly filed lawsuit, ann and shot manukyan say cha mistakenly implanted their embryo into the womb of a complete stranger who carried them to 2er78 and gave birth in New York. Neither child was a genetic match to the New York couple. That this could happen, that there aren't checks in the system that prevent this from happening. This is the worst nightmare that you could have as a customer of a fertility center. Cha needs to be accountable. Reporter: The couple in Glen Dale only learned about the confusion a month after their baby was born after they said cha fertility asked them to come in for a DNA test and broke the news to them the following day. I almost fell to the ground. I felt my heart beating outside of my body. I was his tierically crying and lashing out. Reporter: The fertility fail started when the New York couple also suing cha say they were implanted with two embryos. Sonograms showed they were having twin boys. Even though the embryos implanted were all female they say that doctors assured them the sonograms were wrong. Ultimately the New York couple did have two boys born on March 31st. In their lawsuit they allege another unmistakable red nag arose during that childbirth. The couple both Asian were surprised that the boys did not appear to be of Asian descent. They say that DNA tests quickly confirmed neither parent was related to the newborns and that the babies were not related to each other either. Now ann and ashot say they weren't able to meet their baby until he was about six weeks old and filed a separate lawsuit to recover their biological child from the New York couple and were granted custody in may. She thought she was carrying her children so she loved them as much as we love our children, you know. So we were all victims. It's so heartbreaking. Adrienne Bankert there and Dr. Jen Ashton joins us now, the big question, how could this have happened? Well, let me take you through the process because any time you have high technology with some human involvement there is the potential for human error and that's what it appears like in this case. In this process when a frozen embryo is removed from a cryotank then thawed it has some identifying number on it, a bar code, medical record number. That is verified and identified by two pairs of eyes, think nuclear submarine so obviously there was a mishap there, not once but at least twice. We all know that so many couples use this technology, are currently going through ivf treatments. Should they be worried. I think this is an example where we have to think of the numerator and denominator. There are 400,000 babies born with ivf assistance in this country every year. This is a rare to zero event. It is a nightmare scenario. The bar is set extremely high in this industry and they have zero tolerance policy for mistakes. So I will tell you this is the worst case scenario for the parents and all the providers involved. I did cover something like this a few years ago so it has happened before. Is there anything the couples can do. Just make sure your facility is accredited and using board certified doctors and ask about their statistics and again high risk, high reward, high stakes. All right, Dr. Jen Ashton, thanks as always. George. We take a look now at

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