The events took place in Israel. An eight month pregnant woman discovered that she was pregnant by another partner. After a routine examination, a DNA test confirmed that the embryo implanted in her uterus was not hers. The expectant mother had undergone fertility treatment before resorting to in vitro fertilization (IVF), performed at Assuta Hospital in Rishon Lezion, a city south of Tel Aviv. The Israeli Ministry of Health has created a commission to investigate this case.
According to information reported by the newspaper Ha’aretz, the hospital performs 50% of artificial inseminations in Israel. As part of the investigation, management will need to review all of your files to find the biological parents of the fetus. Genetic tests will be carried out on some 40 more couples. The investigation must also determine if the embryo of the future mother was inseminated to another woman. “When you thaw embryos, you have to have two people present. You have to check names, unfortunately the mistake is human » explained Professor Cyrille Cohen, a Tel Aviv-based physician and immunologist, to BFM-TV.
A rare but not exceptional error
“There are two essential questions: who do these embryos belong to? Where are the embryos from this mother?” Dr. Cohen continued. In addition, the investigation committee (…)
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