Sunday, February 06, 2005
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Chicago Tribune: Judge says lost embryo a human -- Ruling clears way for couple's suit By Patrick Rucker
The would-be parents, Alison Miller and Todd Parrish, were having trouble conceiving and turned to the Center for Human Reproduction in January 2000. After a successful treatment, the married couple believed their fertilized egg--or blastocyst--would be preserved by the Chicago clinic for later implantation. But when the couple was ready to conceive that June and asked for access to their fertilized egg, they learned it had not been put in frozen storage, but was mistakenly discarded. The fertility clinic apologized for the "human error" and offered the couple a cycle of free in-vitro fertilization--excluding the cost of medication. Miller "trusted that the clinic would help her when she was ready to conceive," said her lawyer, James Costello. The couple first sued for damages in 2002, claiming the incident was a case of wrongful death. Two judges rejected the couple's plea before Friday, when Judge Jeffrey Lawrence offered his ruling and an 11-page memorandum supporting their wrongful-death argument.