A couple in Ramat Hachayal, Tel Aviv, is suing Assuta Medical Center for NIS 34 million ($9.2 million) after learning that one of their children is unquestionably not biologically connected to the father, and a second one is probably not either.
The couple learned the truth three months ago when they were advised to have their youngest child, age 2, undergo a medical test at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikvah to see if there was an underlying genetic cause for a medical issue, according to Channel 12.
Instead, blood tests showed that the child’s father and the youngster were not genetically compatible. Since the second child was created using identical in vitro fertilization embryos, it is almost clear that it does not share any genetic characteristics with the father.
The couple, who are in their 30s, sought fertility treatments at Assuta five years ago when they were having problems becoming pregnant. “Assuta ran a cover-up campaign with the aim of closing the case under the table in an arrangement with the parents,” the couple’s attorney Gilad Ginzburg claimed.
“But they also spread rumors about the couple—very difficult rumors, things that should not be said.” The couple’s attorney, Anat Ginzburg, continued, “Assuta Hospital was colossally irresponsible. It’s because they neglected to develop safety procedures.
Not just for a day or two, but for many years, the writing was on the wall. The family we represent suffered a cost.
The hospital said in response, “Assuta evaluated the matter with the couple and acted with compassion and transparency towards them from the moment the couple initially sought us.
A second couple in a connected case said in March that they were suing Assuta Medical Center in Rishon Lezion after receiving the incorrect embryo. For NIS 100 million ($26.8 million), they are suing.