Non-native krovinushka: a woman gave birth to someone else's child after a mix-up in an IVF clinicBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/non-native-krovinushka-a-woman-gave-birth-to-someone-elses-child-after-a-mix-up-in-an-ivf-clinic
Cases when babies were confused in the maternity hospital occurred more than once. But this story seems to be unique. A couple from the United States gave birth to someone else's child and raised him for several months after the embryos were mixed up in an artificial insemination clinic. The suspicions were confirmed by a DNA test, and the couple managed to find their biological daughter. Find out what happened to her from our material.
This story happened in 2019. 43-year-old Daphne and Alexander Cardinale immediately suspected something was wrong when their baby was born with a dark skin tone. But they fell in love with the girl and trusted the doctors of the artificial insemination clinic in California, so they did not declare their doubts.
Only three months later, the couple found out the truth. During the procedure, the health workers mixed up and planted the embryo of another couple to Daphne, and their embryo was placed in the uterus of another woman. After learning about the incident, the families swapped children.
Parents admit that they still cannot accept this situation and continue to struggle with conflicting feelings. They sued the clinic and its owner. The couple accuse the staff of professional incompetence, medical negligence and fraud. The plaintiffs demand to hold a court hearing and want to recover compensation from the perpetrators for the moral damage caused.
Despite the suspicions of Daphne and Alexander, their eldest daughter Olivia fell in love with the dark-haired baby with all her heart. A month after the birth, a clinic employee called the couple and asked them to send him a photo of the girl. Doubts and comments from relatives continued to torment the couple, and they decided to do a DNA test. It turned out that the child has no genetic ties with them. On that day, the family's life turned upside down.
The couple were afraid of losing the baby they had become attached to, but at the same time worried about their biological child. They hired a lawyer, who found out the truth about the confusion of embryos in the clinic's laboratory. Later, Daphne and Alexander received information about the biological parents of the girl, who also recently had a baby. Two couples together with their newborns did DNA tests in December 2019 and at Christmas they found out that they had given birth to each other's children.
In fact, Cardinale's biological daughter is blue-eyed and blonde. The girl was named Zoey. Her parents decided not to change her name.
Another couple, who wished to remain anonymous and did not comment on what happened, was also stunned and upset by the unexpected news. After several meetings and temporary exchanges of babies, the parents decided that this situation complicates life too much. In January 2020, they finally exchanged babies and began to raise their biological children.
Two years have passed since then. Families who live ten minutes away from each other continue to communicate. They gather for the holidays and often walk together.
Meanwhile, an American woman sued a gynecologist who secretly impregnated patients. She turned out to be his biological daughter.