Mother Pregnant With Twins, But They’re Not Hers
It's not exactly a situation that any mother would ever dream could happen, but unfortunately, it is a situation that has happened on more than one occasion, in fact.
A woman's dream of becoming a mother finally comes true—double the fun with twins—except she's pregnant with someone else's babies.
For women who have struggled with infertility, the road to becoming a mother is often a long and arduous one; emotions run high, and month after month can bring heartbreak—or joy.
One mother, who finally became pregnant through in-vitro fertilization, was devastated to learn that after all she and her partner had been through the babies she was carrying were not hers.
The mother, pregnant with twins through IVF at Sandro Pertini Hospital in Rome, didn't discover the mix-up until she was more than three months along.
The tale, which, unfortunately, is not the only case of its kind, does have a few more twists. The Telegraph reports that the mix-up occurred because two of the four women who received IVF treatment that day had very similar surnames—reportedly only three letters apart—so it's not clear if staff mixed the actual embryos up or if the woman herself mistakenly stepped forward when her name was called from the waiting room pool.
What's worse, however, is that the biological mother of the twins that the other mother is carrying miscarried after her own IVF procedure, and under Italian law the biological mother has no claim to the babies that are biologically hers. In Italian law, whoever births the child has legal rights to the child, which kind of makes you wonder why on earth they even have a law like that. Is that the sort of thing that happens often there?
Regardless, the mother who is carrying the twins that are not biologically hers plans to keep the babies and raise them as her own, unlike the results of a similar situation here in the States when an Ohio mother was implanted with the wrong embryos, also reportedly due to a name mix-up, carried the twins to term and then turned them over to the biological parents.
What do you think? Is the Italian law fair, or should the biological mother have rights to the twins?