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Medical Verdicts


Woman delivers twins: one white, one black

June 2005 · Vol. 17, No. 6

<court>New York County (NY) Supreme Court</court>

A 37-year-old white woman was implanted with what she thought were her own fertilized embryos. Her husband, who contributed the sperm, was also white. She gave birth to 2 healthy baby boys: 1 white and 1 black.

Further investigation revealed that the plaintiff had inadvertently received an embryo from a black woman who was present at the clinic at the same time for fertilization with her own embryos.

The black infant was returned to his parents 5 months after delivery, but a custody suit ensued. The embryologist admitted he had inserted some embryos from the black woman into the catheter that was used to implant the white woman.

  • A confidential settlement was reached.

The cases in this column are selected by the editors of OBG Management from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts, with permission of the editor, Lewis Laska, of Nashville, Tenn (www.verdictslaska.com). While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.

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