In August 2018, the clinic transferred two of the embryos from what were believed to be Manukyans in the Anni uterus. They were devastated when the process did not result in a pregnancy.
But as they would learn later, it was not even about their embryos. They belonged to another couple, or maybe couples – they are not sure.
Instead, one of the Manukyan embryos was thousands of kilometers into the womb of a queen's wife. And this woman gave birth on March 31 to the genetic son of Manukyan, as well as to another boy of a third couple, according to a lawsuit.
Now, the Manukyan are continuing the clinic, CHA Fertility, for the shocking mix of IVF that "played with the lives of three families," Anni Manukyan said Wednesday.
"The CHA m deprived me of my ability to carry my own child, to be with him in the first moments of his life, to breastfeed, to just make skin-to-skin contact. for him, "she said.
Their complaint, filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, charges CHA Fertility with medical malpractice, negligence and other charges. The couple's attorney, Adam Wolf, said on Wednesday that the confusion between the three families was one of the worst tragedies of fertility in the history of the United States.
"The number of things that went wrong here is simply staggering," he said.
The Queens couple was then forced to give the babies to their genetic parents.
CHA Fertility has not responded to CNN's repeated requests.
An error of three couples
In fact, the Manukyan used the clinic in 2011 to give birth to their daughter, who is now 7 years old, they said. On this second attempt, however, they stated that the fertility clinic had spoiled their IVF process and had not occurred since.
The complaint says that they learned that something was wrong on April 11, when they were told to go to CHA Fertility for a cheek swab on a "quality control measure." routine ".
The next day, a fertility doctor told them the news: a baby born in Queens had a genetic match.
"I felt my heart pounding outside my body," said Anni Manukyan when she heard the news.
The weeks that followed were an "endless nightmare" as they tried to get more information about their genetic son, the lawsuit. They had to go to court in the family court for custody. The boy was 6 weeks old when they saw him, they said.
"Who wants to meet their child in the lobby of a hotel?" she says. "It was heartbreaking – it was terrible."
Two months later, the baby is doing well, Anni Manukyan said. He turns.
"He had no problem tying us in. We just love him in pieces," she said.
Despite the battle for the guard, she congratulated the Queens wife who gave birth to the twins and wished her the best.
"I am eternally grateful to him for taking my baby and caring for him even after birth, he is a wonderful woman and I pray for her every day," she said. "God will give her beautiful babies one day, she deserves it."
Instead, they directed their anger against CHA Fertility, both for misusing their embryos and for implanting them with another embryo.
In addition, while one of their two embryos was implanted in the queen, the Manukyan said they and CHA Fertility did not know what had happened to the second.
"This means that we live in the uncertainty that another of our embryos may be born of someone else," Anni Manukyan said.