A woman who underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Rome became pregnant with the twins of another couple after their embryos were mixed up, press reports said Sunday.
Italy’s health ministry said it was launching an investigation into the mix-up, which was only discovered when the woman was three months pregnant.
The mistake happened on December 4, when four different couples were receiving treatment at a specialist fertility unit at the Sandro Pertini Hospital in Rome, La Stampa newspaper reported.
It is not clear whether the mistake led to any of the other women becoming pregnant with the wrong baby.
Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said Sunday investigators would look at whether the hospital had “respected all the legal procedures” and expressed concern that she had only learnt about the mistake through press reports.