Genetic test disproves couple’s claim that they’re biological parents of mistakenly implanted embryo

A genetic test has rejected the position of a couple claiming to be the biological parents of a fetus mistakenly implanted in a woman who was not its mother during fertility treatments at Rishon Lezion’s Assuta Medical Center.

The child is due within days, and the Lod District Court ruled last week that a genetic test must be conducted “immediately” to identify the biological parents.

However, the test finds that the couple claiming to be the parents have no genetic connection to the fetus.

Now, the hospital will need to test some 40 potential women in order to identify the embryo’s biological mother with certainty. When this happens, a legal process will follow to determine who receives custody over the newborn.

Such a case appears to be unprecedented in Israel.

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