This is more than a MAJOR screwup!
Though there are several uncertainties surrounding any in-vitro pregnancy, one thing that’s NOT supposed to be an x factor is the donor!
Unfortunately, that might not be the case for up to 26 women who underwent in-vitro fertilization treatment and may have been fertilized by the WRONG sperm.
In IVF treatment, mature eggs are fertilized by sperm outside the body in a lab.
The University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands recently found a “procedural error” at its IVF lab between mid-April 2015 and mid-November 2016 that may have matched up the wrong sperm and eggs!
They released a statement saying:
“During fertilisation, sperm cells from one treatment couple may have ended up with the egg cells of 26 other couples. Therefore there’s a chance that the egg cells have been fertilised by sperm other than that of the intended father.”
SO not cool!
The institute does state that it’s actually a small chance that this mistake occurred, but the possibility “could not be excluded.” The medical center also reports that half of the women who went through with the fertility treatment during that time have become pregnant or have already given birth.
While UMC have said they’ve contacted all the couples already, they also stated:
“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.”
What a nightmare! What, did they lose the labels??
Obviously those responsible are very sorry for the mixup to say the least as they went on to state:
“The UMC’s board regrets that the couples involved had to receive this news and will do everything within its powers to give clarity on the issue as soon as possible.”
Clarity is the least they can do!
We can’t imagine dealing with such an awful situation and we wouldn’t be surprised if some of the couples take legal action against the institute.
What are your thoughts on such a massively screwed up situation?