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Thai Government Shuts Down IVF Clinic Responsible For Man’s Thirteen Surrogate Babies

Dr Boonruang Trairuangworawat, health service support chief, inspects All IVF clinic in Bangkok on Friday. (Photo by Kosol Nakachol)

This should come as no surprise:

The Ministry of Public Health on Friday closed a fertility clinic in the Ploenchit area of Bangkok for illegally providing surrogacy services, including those for some of the babies found in a Bangkok condominium this week.

Dr Boonruang Trairuangworawat, director-general of the Department of Health Service Support, announced the closure after inspecting All IVF clinic at the Sivatel Bangkok hotel on Witthayu Road near the Ploenchit intersection on Friday. The clinic occupied rooms on the 12th and the 15th floors of the hotel.

Dr Boonruang said that the clinic closure was ordered because it provided commercial surrogacy services to women who were not related to biological parents and had not been registered with the Royal Thai College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He also said that authorities warned the management of the clinic to comply with the regulations, but to no avail. Dr Boonruang said that the clinic had provided more than 100 people with reproductive services in the past three years. Authorities would try to reach doctors involved.

In their inspection Friday, authorities found the clinic deserted with signs that equipment had been removed. Local police what documents and evidence had been left behind. It was reported that the clinic’s surrogacy services were provided to some of the nine babies found at a condominium in Bang Kapi district Tuesday.

Dr Boonruang also said that authorities would verify the report that Japanese Shigeta Mitsutoki, claimed to be the biological father of the nine babies, had left Thailand with three children. The 24-year-old man had visited Thailand 65 times since 2012 but had not given information on his business.


5 comments for “Thai Government Shuts Down IVF Clinic Responsible For Man’s Thirteen Surrogate Babies”

  • Adison

    As for me the one of the key points
    choosing a clinic was first of all the success rate and actually they gave me a guarantee of success, as later manager
    explained me, it means that after 5 failures they give back my money. First, it
    suggests that the clinic is not interested to provide substandard services and
    pull money for subsequent attempts and accordingly the clinic will do
    everything possible in order not to lose money and the client. The very clinic
    is interested in your prompt success. As far as I know, miscarriages and unexplained
    ivf failures are the indications for surrogacy. Perhaps you should consider
    surrogate motherhood. I passed surrogacy program in Ukraine, in Biotexcom clinic and they gave me a guarantee
    of success. After the second attempt I became a mother. Hold on, don’t reject
    options. No matter how painful and scary, you should, no, YOU MUST fight for
    your future child!

  • Melissa

    Surrogacy in Thailand is coming to the end. The laws are bad, they do not regulate completely the situation with surrogacy. Comparing with Thailand Ukraine seems to be better option. There is a specific legislation that regulates it. I am going to surrogacy I am sure that such situation would never occur in the clinic, where I did surrogacy, in Biotexcom.

  • Mandy

    Actually there are a lot of good clinics and countries, but as I can see Ukraine is one of the leader in case of surrogacy. I understand that infertile couples can’t see the world clearly, but they should be very attentive if they want to have a baby and first of all they should learn the legislation to prevent the bad surprised in child registration.

  • Ella

    main advantage of this clinic is price. I conducted the surrogacy program. It
    costs there 30 thousand euro! It’s much cheaper than in America for example.
    The guarantee needed result and try their best to achieve it. Yeh, service is
    not so great. There are many people, couples with babies from all over the
    world, poor hotels and line to visit a doctor.

  • Sophie Talor

    I recently learned that Thailand
    surrogacy regulations
    did exist before the recent scandals made
    headlines. I think it’s good that clinics are being investigated and held
    accountable for existing laws they should already be following (as mentioned

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