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Couples swap babies after receiving wrong embryo

Pregnant baby mother
(AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

A California couple is suing a fertility clinic after they found out that gave birth to and began raising another couple’s child due to a mess up at the clinic.

The suit was announced last Monday during a press conference.

Daphna and Alexander Cardinale say they went to the Los Angeles-based California Center for Reproductive Health (CCRH) to help them with their dreams of having another child.

They gave birth in September of 2019 and though the Cardinale’s say they were concerned about the child’s darker complexion, they trusted the clinic. It wasn’t until months later that the Cardinale’s were notified about the accidental swap.

“I was overwhelmed by feelings of fear, betrayal, anger and heartbreak,” Daphna said during a news conference with her husband announcing the lawsuit. “I was robbed of the ability to carry my own child. I never had the opportunity to grow and bond with her during pregnancy, to feel her kick.”

According to the lawsuit, the Cardinales say the whole situation caused a great amount of stress and heartache for their family:

“The Cardinales, including their young daughter, fell in love with this child, and were terrified she would be taken away from them,” the complaint says. “All the while, Alexander and Daphna did not know the whereabouts of their own embryo, and thus were terrified that another woman had been pregnant with their child — and their child was out in the world somewhere without them.”

The clinic was eventually able to track down the other couple and confirmed the identity of the children using a DNA test.

Since the mistake, both families have swapped children but say they plan to keep in touch and form a larger family.

The other couple who wished to remain anonymous also told reporters that they plan to sue to clinic as well.