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IVF Mix-Up in Dutch Lab: 26 Women Got Wrong Sperm?

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A Dutch lab's IVF mix-up means 26 women's eggs may have been fertilized by the wrong man's sperm. (3dmentat/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 06:23 AM

An IVF mix-up in a Dutch lab has officials there scrambling for answers after discovering that as many as 26 women who underwent fertility treatment may have been fertilized by sperm cells from the wrong man.

The "procedural error" happened between mid-April 2015 and mid-November 2016 at the University Medical Centre in Utrecht, Netherlands, The Sun reported.

"During fertilization, sperm cells from one treatment couple may have ended up with the egg cells of 26 other couples," UMC said in a statement, according to The Sun. "Therefore there’s a chance that the egg cells have been fertilized by sperm other than that of the intended father."

Of the 26 couples affected by the mix-up, nine babies have been born, four women are pregnant, and 13 embryos remain frozen, BBC News reported.

The chance that the wrong sperm cells fertilized the eggs was small but could not be excluded, BBC News said.

The incident involved inappropriate use of a device used to inject sperm cells into eggs. A lab technician reportedly used a new pipette with each procedure but used the same rubber top until he found traces of sperm on it, BBC News reported. The rubber top also didn't have a filter, which is usually included.

"The UMC’s board regrets that the couples involved had to receive this news and will do everything within its powers to give clarity on the issue as soon as possible," the organization said in a statement, according to International Business Times.

Doctors will meet with the couples in coming days and the clinic will offer DNA testing, IBT said.

"Wanting a child is a very delicate thing, especially when it doesn't involve the normal bedroom way. So people need to have 100% confidence in the method they adopt," Dutch fertility support group Freya said, according to the BBC.

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An IVF mix-up in a Dutch lab has officials there scrambling for answers after discovering that as many as 26 women who underwent fertility treatment may have been fertilized by sperm cells from the wrong man.
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