Tuesday 23 May 2017

Investigation launched into IVF blunder as 26 women may have had their eggs fertilised by wrong men

Potential IVF blunder investigated
Potential IVF blunder investigated
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A Dutch hospital is conducting an investigation into the possibility that up to 26 women's eggs may have been fertilised by men who were not the intended father.

The University Medical Centre in Utrecht said that a "procedural error" between mid-April 2015 and November 2016 caused the mix up according to reports from AFP. 

"Therefore there's a chance that the egg cells have been fertilised by sperm other than that of the intended father.

"For some of the 26 couples frozen embryos are still available but the chance remains that they [too] have been fertilised by the sperm from a man other than the intended father," the UMC said. 

The couples have been informed of the concerns. 

Approximately 50 per cent of those who underwent fertility treatment have become pregnant or already had their babies. 

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