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Couples battle in Italy over IVF twins implanted in wrong woman

Published on Aug 8, 2014 10:51 PM

ROME (AFP) - An Italian judge will decide who are the legal parents of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) twins whose embryo was implanted into the wrong mother, a Rome court heard on Friday.

In a case which has gripped the country, two couples are fighting for the custody of the babies born on Sunday whose fertilised embryoes were mixed up in a Rome hospital. The families have very similar names, sharing five of seven letters, according to La Repubblica newspaper.

The mother who carried the babies has refused to give up the children, but the couple still intend to sue and file charges against the hospital, their lawyer Michele Ambrosini said.

Judge Silvia Albano told an hour-long hearing on Friday that he needed more time to consider whether the biological parents had the right to demand custody of the children.

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