IVF couple compensated over £57,000 after hospital caused too many babies

Brussels University Hospital
Brussels University Hospital

Compensation was deemed appropriate due to the parents’ “shock” at events and how they were worried a fourth child could bring forth impoverishment.

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A Belgian hospital in Brussels has been fined over £57,000 after being sued by a couple that had too many babies.

Compensation was deemed appropriate due to the parents’ “shock” at events and how they were worried a fourth child could bring forth impoverishment.

The Spanish couple were reportedly seeking a “savour baby” for their son who suffered from a rare genetic condition that would require a bone marrow transplant from a suitable match.

The practice of using pre-screened embryos to create “saviour babies” is permitted in Belgium, as long as the child is not conceived for purely medical reasons.

The couple expected one embryo to be implanted but doctors mistakenly implanted two. Sadly neither child resulting from this act produced a child that was a match for their ill son.

This meant the couple had to return for further treatment.

Eventually a fourth child was deemed to be a suitable donor match and the procedure to transplant the marrow has now taken place.

The Court ruled that the Spanish couple "wanted two or three children within their family project, but never four”, the compensation was agreed by a judge