Embryo mix-up: twins must stay with birth mum

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The embryo mix-up happened at the Sandro Pertini hospital in Rome. IVF photo: Shutterstock
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A court in Rome has rejected a custody suit brought about by the biological parents at the centre of an embryo mix-up controversy.

In a case which has gripped the country, two couples are fighting for the custody of the babies born earlier this month whose fertilised embryoes were mixed up in a Rome hospital.

But after a hearing on Friday, Judge Silvia Albano rejected the plea from the genetic parents, saying that as per Italian law, the children must stay with their birth mother and that only the children can eventually decided who they want their parents to be.

The mother who carried the baby has refused to give up the children, but “there may be dialogue” in the future with the other couple “once things have calmed down”, Michele Ambrosini, the lawyer for the birth parents was quoted in Il Fatto Quotidiano as saying.

The genetic parents told La Stampa last week that their requests to meet had so far been met with no response.

“We feel ignored; nobody recognises our rights or sees our vital role in this affair,” they were quoted in Il Fatto as saying.

The embryos of the biological parents were mistakenly implanted in the birth mother following an IVF blunder at Rome’s Sandro Pertini hospital last December.

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The error was not noticed until the mother who gave birth to the twins had a genetic test at three months to check for illness which revealed neither she nor her partner were the biological parents.

The birth the couple still intend to sue and file charges against the hospital, Ambrosini told Il Fatto.

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