Woman involved in embryo mix-up gives birth

Illustrative: An in vitro fertilization embryologist works on a petri dish at a fertility clinic in London, August 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Illustrative: An in vitro fertilization embryologist works on a petri dish at a fertility clinic in London, August 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

A woman who had another couple’s embryo mistakenly implanted in her womb during fertility treatments gives birth to a girl at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv.

The hospital, which refers to the newborn only as “the baby about which there was recent public discussion,” says in a statement that both mother and child are doing well and that the newborn is undergoing checkups.

In a statement via her attorneys, the mother says, “I am tired and exhausted. I have fulfilled my life’s dream. I wanted a baby for many years and went through grueling treatments until this long-awaited moment. I ask that they allow me to raise her and leave me alone.”

The error occurred during fertility treatments at Rishon Lezion’s Assuta Medical Center.

Assuta is still searching for the biological parents, although attorneys for the woman have asked to end the process, with the couple vowing to keep the baby.

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