A New York couple claims botched infertility treatments resulted in the woman giving birth to two boys who weren't biologically theirs, and the couple was then forced to surrender the infants, according to a federal lawsuit.
The couple alleges CHA Fertility Clinic in Los Angeles realized the mix-up and tried to hide it. They had spent more than $100,000 for in vitro fertilization that ultimately succeeded with the woman becoming pregnant, the suit says, according to CBS News.
But when the mother gave birth in March, the parents, who are Asian American, said they were "shocked to see that the babies they were told were formed using both of their genetic material did not appear to be.”
Genetic testing showed the babies belonged to two separate couples, the suit claims. The unnamed couple that sued the clinic said they were forced to turn over the children to each one's biological parents.
The couple said they don't know what happened to their embryos. They had traveled to Los Angeles to undergo treatment at the clinic that bills itself as fulfilling "the dreams of thousands of aspiring parents."
A lawyer for the center declined comment to CBS News.
The suit accuses the facility of medical malpractice, negligence and 14 other counts. The civil action also alleges emotional distress.
The couple claims they were told they were having girls, but instead the mother delivered boys. DNA testing showed the boys, who were not related to each other, belonged to two couples who were receiving treatment at the same center, the suit claims.