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The American Fertility Association Responds to Alleged Embryo Mix-Up Case in Ohio
Date:9/24/2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- An Ohio woman, 40-year-old Carolyn Savage, claims a fertility clinic implanted the wrong embryo and that the baby she's due to deliver the first week in October is not hers. Several media reports state Savage and her husband plan to give the baby boy to his biological parents. The name of the clinic is not being released in this very rare alleged case.

The AFA is issuing the following statements regarding the matter:

Medical:

"If the facts in the Ohio case are concordant with media reports, it's a very unfortunate circumstance for all concerned, a result not to be minimized or trivialized. The story is newsworthy, however, because it is an extremely rare event.

"In 2007, there were 132,262 IVF cycles performed in the United States (Fresh, Frozen and Donor Egg, per the CDC) in which more than 300,000 embryos were placed into the intended recipients. Embryology laboratories have extremely rigorous procedures to maximally ensure public safety and the health of our patients and their children born of IVF.

"The Ohio case is rarer than 1 in a million and I speculate that human error, not malintent, will prove to be the root cause. I have every confidence that each IVF program in the country will review their procedures and discuss this case to reinforce what we already know, that the work we do each and every day is very special and that the hundreds of thousands of patients we help each year are counting on us to do our best every day."

-- Alan Penzias, MD, Member, AFA Board of Directors

Legal:

"Unfortunately, due to the acknowledged negligence of the IVF physician and clinic, this Ohio couple, by choosing to proceed with the pregnancy, is obligated to afford the other couple the legal rights to this little boy. Any case, such as this that would go befo
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