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Fertility Doc Gives Another Woman the Wrong Embryo, Suit Says

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02.04.2022

A woman who was almost six months pregnant had an abortion after she learned that her fertility doctor gave her a stranger’s embryo—some two decades after he allegedly did the same thing to another woman, according to a federal lawsuit.

In the complaint filed this week in Manhattan, the woman and her husband say they could have terminated the pregnancy earlier but the clinic, New York Fertility Institute, kept giving them the runaround and insisting there was no mistake, even after DNA tests proved otherwise.

The mixup is all the more shocking, the lawsuit says, because in the late 1990s, NYFI’s embryologist Michael Obasaju implanted the wrong embryo in a different patient, resulting in a white woman giving birth to one white baby and one Black baby.

Dr. Michael Obasaju

“The Defendants have a history of mixing up, mislabeling, and/or outright losing their patients’ genetic material,” the couple in the current suit, referred to as Mr. and Ms. Doe, charged.

One of the moms in the earlier case, Donna Fasano, told the New York Post, which first reported the suit, that “all I can say is my heart goes out” to the couple in the more recent mixup. NYFI did not respond to a request for comment.

The Does say their nightmare began with a phone call to NYFI on April 28,........

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