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Parents questioning clinic after baby images match

By Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

A compilation of 3D ultrasound scans provided by parents of BabyView 3D Prenatal Imaging. Handout/Postmedia Network

A compilation of 3D ultrasound scans provided by parents of BabyView 3D Prenatal Imaging. Handout/Postmedia Network

Oh baby!

A Pickering prenatal imaging clinic is apologizing after several parents claim they got matching photos of their unborn babies.

Caitlin MacConnell, 21, is five months pregnant with her first child — a boy.

She argues the printed images she received from BabyView 3D Prenatal Imaging on Kingston Rd. match an image on their website as well as images belonging to other women who visited the clinic.

“There’s no way it’s a coincidence,” she told the Sun on Wednesday. “It’s heartbreaking, really.”

According to her, at least one of the two images she was provided appear on the clinic’s website, and either one or both appear to be the same as a few other parents’ images on a Facebook group rallying for justice over the photos.

“In the Facebook group, multiple people have had either both of mine, or one or the other,” MacConnell alleged. She filed a report with local police on Wednesday, she added.

Another parent, Ron James from Ajax, said he and his wife will file a police report, in order to get a refund through their credit card company.

“What we want out of this is nothing, a refund for what we got done, that’s the only thing that I want,” James said.

He claims the baby image he has matches an image provided to a friend who had an appointment just before them on the same day.

“For us, it’s our second child,” James said. “For our friend, it was the first child. She’s really torn up about it.”

But Adeel Mir from BabyView called the Sun and stressed they have issued an apology and are investigating.

Mir said his wife Mohsina Adeel Mir is the licensed sonographer and owner of the clinic, and that they’ve been operating for almost six months.

It’s “too early” to know what happened, he explained.

However, Mir believes it could be “some technical glitch” that possibly could have caused the same image to be printed out for different clients.

“Another reason which is another technical issue that, you know, the babies at that age, before 22 weeks, all babies will look similar. So it’s very hard to make a difference,” Mir added.

The clinic is offering refunds for the imaging service, he said.

“We do apologize for that, whatever happened — this should never have happened in the first place,” he said.

Durham Regional Police said they are aware of the situation.

“We are aware of these reports and are looking into them,” police said in an email.