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Mon October 5, 2009
Attorney Contacted by Ochsner In Vitro Clinic Patients
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – More than 100 couples have been affected by the suspension of Ochsner's in-vitro program because of labeling problems. The hospital says no one was implanted with the wrong eggs, but an in-house investigation continues.
New Orleans attorney Melanie Lagarde represents Kim and Abraham Whitney of Lafourche Parish.
Lagarde says the Whitneys have a daughter, Emily, from the in-vitro process, and had hoped to expand their family using four of their fertilized eggs that Ochsner can't find.
Lagarde said she's received several calls from couples who aren't sure of their legal options. Ochsner has said it's trying to determine how the mix-up in labeling occurred. Largarde said she expects the court to set up a process of how the cases filed by the Whitneys and a St. Charles Parish couple will proceed.