In the video: Drama in the Assuta affair: Court rules to appoint guardian for baby Sofia/Merav Cohen
The Ministry of Health decided yesterday (Wednesday) to increase the scope of activity in the IVF unit at Assuta Ramat Hachayal Hospital to about 90%. In a discussion held yesterday at the ministry, it was noted that the decision was made after an audit was conducted in the department, which found improvement in the unit's activity. "We considered the best interests of the patients," the hearing said.
In July, the Ministry of Health limited the activity of the IVF unit at the Assuta branch in Ramat Hachayal to 65%, following two exceptional failures that occurred in the fertilization departments at Assuta hospitals. Just two weeks later, activity was raised to 75%.
The first case was exposed about a year ago, a genetic test performed on a pregnant woman who underwent embryo transfer as part of fertility treatments, revealed that she was carrying a fetus that was not genetically compatible with her and her partner. Legal proceedings regarding the parentage of the newborn baby, Sofia, are still ongoing, with the court ordering genetic testing with two sets of parents who are most likely to be the biological parents.
Assuta Hospital, Ramat Hachayal, Tel Aviv, May 19, 2023/Reuven Castro
In May, Assuta Ramat Hachayal Hospital revealed that there is a suspicion that a child born after IVF is allegedly genetically incompatible with his father. The hospital did not report this to the Ministry of Health. The parents underwent IVF in 2018 and recently conducted a private examination abroad regarding their child. During the examination, there was concern that the child did not match his father's DNA. Assuta Hospital did not report the case, although they apparently knew its details, and the Ministry of Health received the information from a third party.
It was also reported that in two separate cases, fertilized eggs were dried up in the department.
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