A mix-up during IVF - What Happened?


Imagine a mother conceiving a baby for 9 months and then realising that the baby is not her husband’s, through no fault of hers/husband’s -  but due to a mix-up at the Fertility Centre!

A couple in Singapore was shocked to realise that their newborn, who was conceived via in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), does not have a matching DNA as that of the father’s.  A difference in the baby’s complexion and blood type, from the parents, led to the parents’ suspicion and hence DNA tests were conducted.  The discovery was that the baby’s DNA matches that of the mother’s but not the father’s.




So what went wrong during the IVF process?  The couple had sought legal advice and Thomson Fertility Centre is now undergoing investigation.


How could this mix-up have ever happened? Imagine after putting in so much hope, money and time through the treatment and pregnancy process - to have to face such a SHOCK.  Not only the anguish and shock, the consequence of the mix-up that the family has to go through is likely to be longer term. No amount of compensation or explanation can undo this irreversible mix-up.

I would be super angry and extremely mad if I were in the couple’s shoes and not to mention other innocent parties in this episode…..

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