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LOS ANGELES – According to a lawsuit filed in California, two parents carried babies to term and began raising the children, not knowing that their embryos had been swapped.

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Daphna Cardinale told The Associated Press that both she and her husband had suspicions as soon as their daughter was born in 2019, because the child had a darker skin complexion than either she or her husband.

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The couple got a home DNA test, according to the LA Times, which showed the child was not biologically related to either of them.

The Cardinales are suing the California Center for Reproductive Health and its owner for medical malpractice, breach of contract, negligence, and fraud. The suit also names In VitroTech Labs and its parent company.

The Cardinales’ embryo was implanted in a couple not named in the lawsuit. That couple gave birth to a healthy baby girl one week after Daphna Cardinale gave birth. The second couple is remaining anonymous, but is represented by the same attorney as the Cardinales.

In Dec. 2019, both families met for the first time, and one year later the children were “swapped” back to their biological families.