The late sperm bank director is probably the father of over 19 children
A Dutchman who has meanwhile passed away and who has run a sperm bank for almost 30 years is said to be the father of at least 19 children who were born after artificial insemination. Apparently he had exchanged his own sperm for that of donors.
Former head of a sperm bank
A few months ago, it became known that a doctor in the United States fertilized at least 50 women with their own sperm. The now retired gynecologist had used his own ejaculate without telling the women about it. According to a Washington Times report, the retired doctor is said to be the biological father of at least eight children. The former head of a sperm bank in the Netherlands apparently fathered far more children. He is believed to be the father of at least 19 children who were born after artificial insemination.
Father of at least 19 children
According to a message from the AFP news agency, the former director of a sperm bank in the Netherlands is believed to be the father of at least 19 children born after in vitro fertilization.
This resulted in a DNA comparison, said the Dutch institute FIOM. The DNA of an official child of the recently deceased was compared to the DNA of people who had been created in the laboratory.
According to the information, a total of 23 Dutch have requested a DNA comparison.
Parents and children accuse the physician who died at the age of 89 at the beginning of April of having used his own ejaculate for in vitro fertilization - and not the selected sperm from a donor in the sperm bank.
Next week, a court in Rotterdam will rule on the 23 plaintiffs' claim.
One of the applicants, Moniek Wassenaar, said in an interview, according to The New York Times: "I hope the judge will allow us to extract the DNA so that we can use it to find out if we are his children. "
DNA matches that of 19 half-siblings
The plaintiff's lawyer had made several inconsistencies. For example, one of the plaintiffs has brown eyes, although the alleged sperm donor is said to have been blue-eyed.
Another client is very similar to the deceased. "It's a question of identity, it helps you build your personality," said the lawyer for the families affected, Tim de Bueters, according to AFP. "Knowing where you come from is a fundamental right."
According to the information, one of the children from the doctor's marriage voluntarily provided his DNA. "The DNA matches that of 19 half-brothers and half-sisters," explained the head of the FIOM Institute, Ellen Giepmans.
The investigations should therefore be continued to ensure that there is a 100% match in the DNA.
No donors found
The New York Times report also provides an indication of why the doctor may have used his own ejaculate.
Accordingly, years ago laws were passed in the Netherlands that, among other things, prohibit the payment of medical donors and require that children born through sperm donation can find out the identity of the donor when they are 16 years old.
This led to the sperm bank director no longer finding enough donors. In 2004, he told the Volkskrant newspaper: "I just ran an ad for donors, but I didn't get any answers."
According to a family lawyer, the doctor said he was the father of 60 children born after in vitro fertilization. However, he repeatedly refused a DNA test.
His clinic was closed in 2009 due to irregularities. (ad)