Womb for Hire: Fertility Centre accused of abandonment once more


Lawyers for 23-year-old surrogate mother, Ariane Denise Vanga, pregnant with quadruplets are accusing the fertility centre which engaged her services of abandoning her once again.

Denise was rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) after the lower end of her womb opened because of the pressure from the four foetuses.

Speaking to JoyNews’ Kwetey Nartey, Denise indicated that her cervix was compromised and she was rushed in for emergency surgery.

Though she is getting better, the young woman explained that she has run out of funds and cannot take care of her medical bills.

According to Denise, she has not heard from the fertility centre, Mount Carmel Fertility Centre, and opined that they were not cooperating with her lawyers.

The distraught young lady says she has come to regret her decision to assist a childless couple.

Director of the Legal Assistance Network Ghana, Irene Aborchie Nyahe, who represents the surrogate mother told JoyNews that the lawyer for the doctor and the intended parents contacted the Network and that an initial meeting had been held during which they went over a draft agreement and suggested changes.

Since then, she said “they are refusing to cooperate with us”.

According to Ms Nyahe, “it has been one excuse after the other; ‘oh we will call you, we will get back to you’ and they have now again abandoned her in the hospital.

She indicated that no provisions had been made by the fertility centre for food while Denise is on admission and stated that the “arrangement we made for her shelter, nothing is taking place right now.”

However, lawyer for Mount Carmel Fertility Centre, Egbert Faibille Jr is surprised at the turn of events.

He, in a rebuttal, informed JoyNews that he received instructions about three weeks ago to act on his client’s behalf and that since he received the said instructions, there has been regular communication with Denise’s counsel.

According to Mr Faibille, after his attention was drawn to Denise’s emergency situation, he impressed on his clients to advance some money to enable her seek medical attention.

He went on to add that an amount of GH¢1,500 had been handed over to Ms Nyahe, who had provided him with a receipt.

He indicated that an agreement had been reached for Denise’s counsel to forward to him, any subsequent bills and insisted that none have come across his desk. 


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