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Legal battle after IVF mishap shatters couple's dreams

Clinic's $100,000 mistake leads to unimaginable birth mix-up


In a shocking turn of events, a New York-based Asian American couple, known only as Y.Z. and A.P., has recently settled with a Southern California fertility clinic after a distressing mix-up during in vitro fertilization (IVF) services.

As reported by Next Shark, the couple's $100,000 investment at Cha Fertility Clinic in 2018 led to the unintended birth of two white boys instead of the anticipated twin girls.

The startling discovery occurred during ultrasounds, where the clinic initially dismissed the couple's concerns, only to confirm the error upon the boys' birth in March 2019. Subsequently, Y.Z. and A.P. had to surrender the newborns to their true biological parents, Anni and Ashot Manukyan.

The legal battle ensued with a lawsuit filed in July 2019, accusing the clinic of medical malpractice and negligence. The case, originally in Brooklyn Federal Court, later moved to California Federal Court.

Notably, a separate settlement in Oct. 2023 involved one of the clinic's physicians, Joshua Berger, agreeing to pay $200,000.

Last month, the couple and Cha Fertility Clinic reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum, as revealed in paperwork filed with the California Federal Court.

This distressing incident also affected Ms. Manukyan, who was implanted with another couple's embryo, leading to a failed pregnancy. The wider impact of this fertility clinic mishap has left both couples grappling with the unforeseen consequences of a flawed system.

[With information sourced from Next Shark]

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