In Mix-up, Woman Pregnant With Other Couple's Twins
Italian woman didn't learn of the December mistake for 3 months
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2014 8:55 AM CDT
In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 14, 2013, an embryologist works on a petri dish.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

(Newser) – "Mix-up" is a word best left out of sentences involving another word: pregnancy. But the two are making headlines together following yesterday's report that a woman in Rome became pregnant with twins after undergoing fertility treatment—except the embryos she was implanted with weren't those of her and her partner. The woman wasn't alerted to the issue until she was three months along. The AFP reports the switch somehow happened on Dec. 4 at the Sandro Pertini Hospital in Rome. Four couples received treatment that day, and it's unclear whether any other improper pregnancies resulted.

There's also no word on how the mix-up came to light, though Rome's health authority said it learned there was "genetic incompatibility" between the parents and embryos on March 27. The country's health ministry is now investigating, and no further implantations are being done at the clinic. It's far from the first time this has happened: In 2009 an Ohio woman implanted with the wrong embryos gave birth to a baby boy then handed him over to his biological parents; a 2000 in-vitro mix-up saw a San Francisco woman implanted with another couple's embryos as well. The Chronicle reports that the doctor immediately realized his mistake but didn't reveal it; Susan Buchweitz learned of this mistake 10 months after birth after a whistleblower tipped off the Medical Board of California. The biological father of her son sued for custody, and was granted shared custody in 2005. (It's not the only alarming pregnancy story in the news this week.)

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Apr 17, 2014 11:48 PM CDT
All these sorry ass SOB's think about is money ! Greedy bastards should be fined and thrown in jail for 10 years minimum. I think any doctor should do at least 10 years for a stupid mistake like this. They make way too much money to be careless.
Apr 16, 2014 7:38 AM CDT
Doctor's creed: To heck with the patients - save my career.
Apr 14, 2014 4:52 PM CDT
Doing things like this, even with the best of intentions, really boils down to manufacturing human beings. In these over crowded, over populated times, a manufactured human being is of even less value as an individual than a regularly conceived one. I also find it notable that so many people doing things like this are not married--they only have a "partner". And of course there are the homosexuals wanting to prove their respectability by victimizing children. The whole situation is a glaring manifestation of human depravity. Cultures are either coercive and oppressive or they have no decency structure at all. One extreme or the other. One last thought: it appears when similar mistakes were made, at least some women let the children live and another child's life was spared by a true doctor, not an abortionist. I am happy about that but I would be a lot happier if such things did not go on at all.