Oregon Health and Science University researchers had been experimenting with monkey IVF for the last few years, and had already had success in delivering monkeys with three genetic parents. Three-parent IVF treatment is being researched to prevent mitochondrial disease, and the United States has refused to allow the technique to be used on humans until it was perfected with animals. Healthy monkeys were already born using the technique in 2009. This woman's story combines the development of this new revolutionary technique and IVF embryo mix-up cases, which do occur at times, to form her own personal nightmare.
The twins looked healthy on ultrasound, apart from some concerns over their size. When she went into labor three months early, she and her husband were said to have headed to the hospital immediately, where she delivered a baby of a whole different kind than she expected! The twins were said to be doing fine, but the press has not yet released any details about how the mother and father are feeling. I have no idea how I would feel parents who gave birth to babies following embryo mix-ups have to deal with a tricky emotional fall-out, but this is a whole other story.