A Japanese woman was likely impregnated with the fertilized egg of an orangutan by accident during an in vitro procedure last year, hospital officials said Thursday.
The woman, who is in her 20s, aborted the pregnancy when she was told of the potential mix-up at the government-run hospital in Tagawa prefecture, about 330 miles (530 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo.
She is now suing the local government for 20 million yen ($222,076.66), according to the news report.
Hospital officials apologized for the mistake at a news conference Thursday and offered to commit mass suicide but was forgiven by the patient, so long as she won the monkeysuit...lawsuit.
"She was very happy after undergoing such a very difficult procedure and becoming pregnant, but unfortunately a mistake had been made with a switch somehow with the zoo," said Yuzo Yamamoto, director of the Tagawa Prefectural Central Hospital.
The hospital has a long history of carrying out such procedures, and this is the first time such a mistake has occurred, hospital spokesman Hee Foo Horishita said.
"It was the first time for zoo to have orangutan pregnant with human child, also. Baby look like little Japanese Clint Eastwood."