Two suits filed against fertilization center

NEW ORLEANS, LA (AP) - At least two suits have been filed against a suburban New Orleans hospital that has suspended operations at its fertilization center.

Ochsner Health System spokeswoman Amiee Goforth said Friday that hospital officials have no reason to suspect any embryos were

implanted in the wrong mother.

But the hospital is contacting about 100 couples who may have been affected by the apparent labeling mix-up at its Elmwood in vitro fertilization center.

A Lafourche Parish couple filed suit earlier this month, claiming the center can't find the couple's four frozen embryos.

In July, a St. Charles Parish couple filed suit over a pair of their embryos that also allegedly disappeared.

Both suits ask for class-action status.

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