By MAMAMIA TEAM
A couple in Queensland who used IVF to conceive, are suing the fertility clinic that they paid to help them. And not because they didn’t get a chance to ever hold a baby in their arms. Because they got more than they expected.
The Weekend Australian has reported that the 35-year-old couple is suing after a woman gave birth to triplets instead of the twins she thought she was having.
The couple are seeking $510,400 in damages, to help cover the costs of bringing up a third child that they weren’t expecting.
The couple alleges that when they signed a consent form, they indicated that they wanted a maximum of two children. But during the embryo transfer, a doctor planted three embryos – not two.
The couple’s three non-identical triplets are now three-years-old, and the couple told the paper that they had thought long and hard about whether or not they should push forward with the lawsuit.
The mother said, “We don’t take this legal action lightly … but believe the clinic should be held accountable for the way they mismanaged our IVF plans.”
The case is reminiscent of a similar claim that was put forward in the ACT back in 2005, where the parents had twins instead of one child. In that instance, the High Court upheld the decision to award the parents $236,495.70 in damages, and an additional $80,990.59 for the birth mother.
It is also similar to a story that Mamamia covered earlier this year, which saw a husband and wife write about their experience of IVF on the website Babble.
In a series of posts, the man and woman wrote about their struggle to provide their son with a sibling, but the anger and guilt they felt when they fell pregnant with two children – instead of one.