A foreign embryo was introduced: a scandal erupted in Israel due to the IVF procedure (photo)
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In the largest Israeli clinic, doctors made a mistake during the IVF procedure and now they cannot find out who owns the genetic material. The families turned to the Ministry of Health with a request to conduct DNA tests.
In the Israeli private clinic Assut, a scandal is gaining momentum over the mistake of doctors who, during the artificial insemination (IVF) procedure, introduced a foreign embryo to a woman in labor. As a result, dozens of patients turned to the country's Ministry of Health with a request to conduct DNA tests to identify a genetic link between future mothers and embryos. The incident in one of the largest medical centers in Israel is reported by the Israeli publication Haaretz.
Observers write that the letter to the Ministry of Health was sent after a mistake was discovered by the doctors of the clinic, who implanted a fetus in the uterus of a woman, whose genetic data had nothing to do with mother or father. Moreover, doctors still cannot clearly answer the question of who owns the genetic material that was used in the IVF procedure.
The appeal to the Ministry of Health of Israel was also joined by those mothers who had already carried children and gave birth after the IVF procedure at the Assut clinic. Moreover, the families demand that testing be carried out at the expense of the clinic, but in a different medical institution.
“Ministry of Health, where would you be so that such mistakes do not happen? Who can we trust now? Do not hesitate, we demand investigative committee!” women are indignant.
Opinion of a religious leader
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau also added fuel to the fire, whose decision has legal force, since religion in the country is not separated from the law. The religious leader stated that a surrogate mother who actually gives birth to a genetically different child should be considered a biological mother.
He also pointed out that in this case another question arises – genealogy, and therefore it is necessary to continue to do DNA tests to find out who the parents of these children are. Lau stressed that this is extremely necessary in order to prevent potential marriage between siblings in the future.
Professor Shuki Shemer, chairman of the Assut clinic, commented on the medical error and said that “this incident is severe, tragic and unbearable.
“This negative event that happened this week should not happen in the future.” The Assut Clinic has brought many children through fertilization – we see full compatibility between parents and the egg. But something happened that should not have happened, so we will provide patients with emotional support and everything they need, “said Sheme r.