A senior family judge has announced that the white woman who gave birth to black twins is the biological mother of the children. Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, who made the statement after a private hearing of the case, confirmed that sperm, rather than embryos, had been mixed up in the unnamed fertility unit.
A statement from the Official Solicitor's office confirmed that the twins have not been separated from their genetic mother: 'Genetic testing has established Mrs A is their biological mother but Mr A is not their biological father. The Trust has identified a man (Mr B) who it is believed might have provided the sperm to Mrs A.'
The discovery has greatly reduced the chances of a legal paternity battle, now that Mrs A is confirmed to be both the birth mother and the biological mother of the twins. However, the hospital trust involved is bringing a case to clarify the duties it owes to the parties. Dame Elizabeth said that she hoped the 'difficult and sensitive issues' in the case would be resolved later this year in an open court.