Doctors switch embryos – level 3

15-11-2021 07:00

A couple sued a fertility clinic in California, US, for switching their embryo or unborn baby with another couple´s during an IVF treatment.

IVF is a procedure during which a laboratory helps a woman´s eggs and a man´s sperm come together to create embryos, and then the embryos are put into the woman´s body.

In 2019, Daphne Cardinal and her husband Alexander gave birth to and raised the other couple´s baby for months before discovering the mistake. Alexander said that he immediately suspected that something was wrong because the baby girl didn´t resemble either of them. Two months later, the couple got a DNA test to confirm the infant wasn´t their actual child. Daphne said that she breastfed and cared for the child that she was later forced to give away.

The Cardinals are suing the clinic for not following their contract, not performing medical procedures correctly, negligence, and fraudulent concealment. They say that they suffered severe emotional damage as did their five-year-old daughter.

Difficult words: fertility (related to making babies), to bond (to form a close relationship with somebody), fraudulent concealment (the deliberate hiding of information or a material fact).

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