Medical Errors at Fertility Clinics

Medical Errors in IVF

More and more couples are turning to fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
These treatments can be both financially and emotionally taxing for couples, so it is extremely important that clinics take every precaution necessary throughout the process.  However, mix-ups frequently happen.  These errors have had devastating consequences for the people involved.

Some of the mistakes made by fertility clinics include:

  • Losing embryos
  • Implanting the wrong embryo in a woman
  • Fertilizing eggs with the wrong man’s sperm.

Recent Fertility Clinic Errors in the News

  • In 2002, a white British couple gave birth to black twins after an IVF mix-up.
  • In 2004, a California woman settled a lawsuit against a fertility specialist who accidentally gave her the wrong embryos and hid the mistake until the baby was 10 months old.
  • In 2007, a New York couple sued their fertility clinic for giving them the wrong sperm, resulting in the delivery of someone else’s child.
  • Most recently, an Ohio woman named Carolyn Savage was implanted with another woman’s embryo.  After finding out that she was pregnant, she was left with a very difficult decision to make.  She decided not to terminate the pregnancy, but instead delivered the child and immediately gave the baby to the biological parents.

The Importance of Doctor Certification and Credentials

Medical errors made by fertility clinics have also resulted in custody battles, lawsuits, and at least one abortion.  Anyone thinking about IVF should ask their doctor about the clinic’s safety procedures and make sure that the  fertility doctor is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist.  Infertility clinics must be extremely careful to avoid sample mix-ups and other errors. If you have any questions regarding medical errors, please call 888-419-2229 for a free consultation.

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