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Couple Claims Institute Mixed Up Embryos

CHICAGO (CN) - A couple who sought fertility services to prevent passing on a genetic disorder says doctors at the Reproductive Genetic Institute carelessly commingled their eggs and sperm with that of other patients to create embryos.

The husband and wife, Abdullah Abdulmohsen and Enas Ibrahim, say they sought the institute's expertise to ensure that their children would not be born with a genetic disorder, Fragile-X syndrome, which Ibrahim inherited from her parents. Fragile-X causes "mental impairment" and is the "most common known cause of autism," according to the Fragile-X Foundation.

The institute promised to provide the couple with "pre-implantation" genetic testing and in vitro fertilization, according to the complaint in Cook County Court.

The couple says that Ibrahim endured hormone treatments to produce numerous eggs which the doctors promised to fertilize with her husband's sperm. But they say doctors carelessly fertilized her eggs with another man's sperm and used her husband's sperm on another woman's eggs.

They say the institute informed their relative that the embryos formed from Ibrahim's eggs do not match her husband's DNA. They say the doctors at the institute did not properly keep track of the eggs and sperm or the embryos produced in the mix-up.

They seek damages from the Reproductive Genetic Institute and its doctors for negligence. They are represented by 'Lanre Amu.

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