A man and woman from Los Angeles who discovered that they had a week-old son after a blunder in an IVF clinic have said that the bittersweet moment that the woman who bore their child for nine months finally handed over the little boy.
In a devastating mix, two fertilized embryos, one by Anni Manukyan, were improperly implanted in a Korean-American IVF patient, the error only being noticed when the couple expected twin girls to give birth to two white boys.
After a lengthy lawsuit that turned out to be extremely emotional for all parties involved, a judge eventually ruled that & # 39; DNA is DNA and genetics plays a major role in everything, so the baby belongs to Anni and Ashot Manukyan. & # 39;
And now that the dust has settled in the traumatic saga, Manukyan has paid tribute to the Korean-American family, from Queens, only mentioned in court documents such as AP and YZ, in which the heartbreaking meeting is described as & # 39; only love & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We cried hysterically, all four, & # 39; she said. & # 39; They said: & # 39; We are sorry, we are so sorry, we should have let you come earlier, it is only that we love them, we wanted to take care of them as they were of us. them".
& # 39; There was no tension in the room at all. It felt like we were friends … It was just love because we all love the same child, & # 39; New York Post reports.
Alec, pictured with Ashot, finally returned to Los Angeles at the end of May after a six-week battle over his guardianship. He was born prematurely in March for a Korean-American couple who accidentally received his embryo
Los Angeles, mother Anni (left), was hospitalized for two days as she fought to regain custody of her two-week-old son, who was born to another woman in New York after an IVF confusion
When the Korean-American couple handed over the baby, they also handed out a series of gifts to the Manukyans, including gold bracelets, one of which celebrates the Year of the Pig and another with a crown; and a ring decorated with small baby shoes.
She also saved the baby, now called Alec & # 39; s umbilical cord, a tradition in the Asian culture of A.P., and wanted to make it happen to him along with a little pink pillow from her mother, Anni said.
& # 39; I would like you to give it to him, to know it is mine, & # 39; said A.P. to Manukyan. & # 39; I think I will keep that pink pillow forever. & # 39;
A week after giving Anni and Ashot their baby, A.P. and Y.Z. renounced the & # 39; twins & # 39; from Alec to his biological family.
All parties are now prosecuting the CHA Fertility Clinic for the devastating confusion.
According to a lawsuit that Anni and Ashot filed against the clinic on Wednesday: & # 39; Their fear was unbearable. Anni developed a stress-related illness that was physically very painful. She was admitted to the hospital, where she stayed for two days. Both Anni and Ashot began to see psychologists to help struggle with their stress and worries. & # 39;
New York has strict guardianship laws for maternity wearers, which require some legal gymnastics to move around.
In the seven weeks between learning the change and reclaiming baby Alec, Anni and Ashot said that they should not know anything about their son, the couple raising him, nor anything about his pre- or postnatal diet, care or progress. .
When they could finally submit their petition in mid-May, they flew to New York and spent 11 days waiting for a verdict.
When it came in, Anni collapsed in the courtroom.
The couple, who married in 2007 and have a seven-year-old daughter, said they still cry every day. & # 39; I will never be the same person again, & # 39; Anni said.
& # 39; I now have trust issues, I have barriers everywhere & # 39 ;, she continued. She added that she & # 39; just not ready & # 39; is to consider whether she has another child there.
& # 39; We are only trying to bind with our baby. & # 39;
Ashot said: & # 39; CHA has lived three families through hell and our lives will never be the same again. We fought to get our boy back, and now we will fight to ensure that this never happens again. & # 39;
The third family involved has not yet filed or identified a lawsuit.
Dr. Joshua Berger, the co-owner of the clinic (left), and Simon Hong (right), co-owner of the clinic, are mentioned in the lawsuit
The New York couple was the first to file a case against CHA Fertility Center, claiming compensation to cover their emotional loss and the $ 100,000 they spent on their care and travel.
After initially fighting to keep the two boys, they gracefully gave up Alec, Anni said. (It is not clear what happened to the other boy).
& # 39; I pray for her every day, & # 39; said Anni, referring to the Korean-American mother from New York who wore Alec.
& # 39; She was just as much a victim of this as I was. She is a sweet lady. She raised my baby in her and after he was born. & # 39;
The Korean-American couple, who only identified themselves as YZ and AP in a lawsuit they had filed against CHA last week, married in 2012 and struggled to become pregnant for years before turning to IVF.
After much research, they found CHA Fertility Center, which they were assured was one of the best clinics in the country, according to their lawsuit.
As was the case for all couples who embarked on a dazzlingly expensive fertility treatment, they were desperate, but after their meeting they were happy with co-owners. Joshua Berger and Simon Hong.
They started the months of treatments – hormones, vitamins, testing after the test – to get eight embryos, which is shy for the recommended 12, but an acceptable number.
Their care and travel was $ 100,000. The average cost of one IVF cycle is $ 12,000 plus up to $ 3,000 for the medication, although research shows that couples rarely release sufficient embryos on the first attempt.
Their first attempt at implantation in July 2018 failed. In August, the couple decided to try again and thawed two of their female embryos. And it was a success: they were pregnant with twins in September.
According to court records, the pair was & # 39; confused & # 39; when sonograms showed twin boys, because they had fertilized only female embryos.
Berger and Hong tried to reassure the couple and said that ultrasounds & # 39; no definitive test & # 39; goods.
Then they delivered two white boys.
In the next few days, CHA struggled to get
The lawsuit says the couple was the victim of an & # 39; unimaginable accident & # 39; – so much so that they & # 39; the courage and the way to tell others about their devastating loss & # 39; could not find.
The trial has left AP and YZ with & # 39; permanent emotional injuries from which they will not recover & # 39 ;, said the lawsuit. They may & # 39; never know what happened to their & # 39; s embryos, nor will they know if the currently-preserved embryos are & # 39; s genetically matched & # 39; They are looking for unspecified compensation.
The clinic does not comment, and the third pair has not spoken.
CHA refuses to comment on what happened, although they confirmed that all couples were confirmed in the clinic on August 20, 2018 for their implantation.
Their lawyer Adam Wolf, from Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane, said: & This incredible series of events demonstrates CHA & # 39; s shocking incompetence. Although I have treated hundreds of cases of misconduct at the center, this tragedy at CHA is one of the most flagrant I have seen.
& # 39; Anni and Ashot put all their faith in CHA. In return, CHA gave Anni and Ashot lies, apologies, and heartache. We do not rest until this multinational company is held responsible. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; It is reasonable to assume that there are many more fertility clinic clinics than we know. & # 39;
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