Court orders compensation for failed treatment at the IVF clinic in Belgium

Court orders compensation for failed treatment at the IVF clinic in Belgium


In an agonizing experience due to a mix-up at an IVF clinic, a court ordered the hospital in Belgium to compensate a couple for a failed treatment.

The Spanish couple, who already had a son with beta thalassemia, thought they had a second child who could act as a donor or “savior” for their first child, as a bone marrow transplant may be a possible solution to their genetic disorder.

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In an agonizing experience due to a mix-up at an IVF clinic, a court ordered the hospital in Belgium to compensate a couple for a failed treatment.

The Spanish couple, who already had a son with beta thalassemia, thought they had a second child who could act as a donor or “savior” for their first child, as a bone marrow transplant may be a possible solution to their genetic disorder.

So they proclaimed a fertility clinic at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussels hospital, where doctors used in vitro fertilization and “pre-implantation diagnostics” to ensure that the second child conceived was a suitable donor.

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But the hospital, which had developed several embryos, three of which were healthy and one eligible as a donor, mistakenly implanted the wrong embryo in the mother.

The pregnancy then led to the birth of twins and none of the girls could become a donor for her brother.

The couple tried again at a Madrid hospital and a healthy fourth child who could be a donor was born in 2018. The eagerly anticipated bone marrow transplant is said to have taken place last year.

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The couple then filed a lawsuit in Brussels. In the case, a judge awarded the mother € 27,000 (£ 23,000) in damages and the father € 11,000 in damages for “the shock they received after learning that the twins were unsuitable for donation” and for the ” generated fears and risks ”. through a new pregnancy ”, according to the Flemish newspaper“ De Standaard ”.

The hospital was also ordered to pay the oldest child € 5,000 to delay the transplant. The court also awarded the couple 25,000 euros as material compensation to cover “the impoverishment caused by the presence of a fourth child in the family”.

(With contributions from agencies)

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