A Glendale couple who claim one of their embryos was implanted into the wrong woman, causing their son to be carried and delivered by a complete stranger in NY, announced a lawsuit Wednesday accusing a Los Angeles clinic of botching their in vitro fertilization procedure.
In their Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, Anni and Ashot Manukyan of Glendale, California, accused the CHA Fertility Center of medical malpractice, breach of contract, battery and other claims, seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
The Unique York couple - identified very finest as AP and YZ within the lawsuit to present protection to them from "embarrassment and humiliation" - gave birth to 2 boys who had been now not of Asian descent, as they are.
The couple then needed to battle within the courts to reclaim their youngster, after the birth couple gave him up.
The Manukyan had unsuccessfully gone through IVF in August 2018 using an embryo they thought was theirs.
They made a decision to use two of their embryos and discard a third to try having a child through CHA in August 2018, the lawsuit says.
CHA Fertility Center did not return ABC News' request for comment.
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It also turned out that Anni and Ashot were not the biological parents of the embryos transplanted to Annie. She met her son six weeks after his birth in a hotel lobby. "While I have handled hundreds of cases of fertility-center misconduct, this tragedy at CHA is among the most egregious I have seen".
CHA Fertility claimed on its website to be one of the premier fertility treatment networks in the world and that it has "fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of aspiring parents" in over 22 countries. "It was heartbreaking. It was bad", Anni Manukyan said.
Anni Manukyan says she didn't learn about what happened until a DNA test, also explaining that there was an huge emotional toll.
Y.Z. and A.P., who married in 2012, said they were required to give up custody, "thus suffering the loss of two children", according to the lawsuit. "This is the most important thing in our lives", Anni Manukyan said.
Incredibly, the horrifying mix-up only came to light when the woman gave birth to the baby boys - who she believed were her own biological twins - and discovered they were of a different ethnicity to herself and her husband who are Korean-American.
Ashot said that they want to ensure that CHA is unable to hurt any other families. "This is something that they will live with for the rest of their lives", the lawsuit said.
"The testing also confirmed that the two male babies were not genetically related to each other", the Post said the lawsuit claims. "CHA put my family through a living hell".
"Until states establish uniformity, having children through surrogates and artificial reproductive technologies will continue to be problematic", Maya Shulman, a Los Angeles family lawyer and IVF legal expert, said in an email statement.