One quick note to add to the whole wrong embryo discussion, one that also ties back to an earlier and more general post about ART mistakes. This story reports that a single clinic in the New Orleans area mislabeled dozens of frozen embryos creating the potential for many mix-ups like that experienced by Carolyn and Sean Savage.
Even in the best of all possible worlds, mistakes are bound to happen. And in our particular world, we really don’t know how frequently they occur. That’s one of the reasons why all the legal uncertainty I’ve detailed is so important. While the Savages and the Morells appear to have agreed on an outcome in their case, that won’t always be the case. Litigation is bound to occur. This new story convices me that it may well be sooner rather than later.