In mix-up, woman pregnant with other couple's twins

In mix-up, woman pregnant with other couple's twins

Posted: Updated:
In vitro fertilization has become a sophisticated process with pricey incubators, specialized techniques and extensive screening. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) In vitro fertilization has become a sophisticated process with pricey incubators, specialized techniques and extensive screening. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Could airlines create a class just for children?

    Could airlines create a class just for children?

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:37:57 GMT
    Imagine a segregated airline flight: one section for children and one section for adults only. This is the vision of entrepreneur Richard Branson, the president of Virgin Atlantic.
    Imagine a segregated airline flight: one section for children and one section for adults only. This is the vision of entrepreneur Richard Branson, the president of Virgin Atlantic.
  • Samsung cell phone fire

    : Samsung cell phone fire

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:04:01 GMT
    A 13-year-old North Texas girl was awoken in the night by a smoldering cell phone on the other side of her pillow, but the cell phone manufacturer says she did something they warn users about.
    A 13-year-old North Texas girl was awoken in the night by a smoldering cell phone on the other side of her pillow, but the cell phone manufacturer says she did something they warn users about.
By FOX NEWS - "Mix-up" is a word best left out of sentences involving another word: pregnancy. But the two are making headlines together following yesterday's report that a woman in Rome became pregnant with twins after undergoing fertility treatment—except the embryos she was implanted with weren't those of her and her partner.

The woman wasn't alerted to the issue until she was three months along. The AFP reports the switch somehow happened on Dec. 4 at the Sandro Pertini Hospital in Rome.

Four couples received treatment that day, and it's unclear whether any other improper pregnancies resulted. There's also no word on how the mix-up came to light, though Rome's health authority said it learned there was "genetic incompatibility" between the parents and embryos on March 27.

The country's health ministry is now investigating, and no further implantations are being done at the clinic. It's far from the first time this has happened: In 2009 an Ohio woman implanted with the wrong embryos gave birth to a baby boy then handed him over to his biological parents; a 2000 in-vitro mix-up saw a San Francisco woman implanted with another couple's embryos as well.

The Chronicle reports that the doctor immediately realized his mistake but didn't reveal it; Susan Buchweitz learned of this mistake 10 months after birth after a whistleblower tipped off the Medical Board of California.

Read More

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices